Man from Solola. Photo courtesy Thomas W
When I write about traditional costumes it is usually women whose amazing clothes and jewelry I describe. Because in ethnic as well as in modern world men's costumes are usually less interesting and less impressive than those of women. Men traditionally prefer something more modest, more simple and more sophisticated. But in Guatemala there are still many villages that are worth visiting just to see the men who live there. Because their costumes would surely impress anyone with their brightness and uniqueness. Besides, the men wear them not for tourist entertainment or only on festivals or special occasions but in everyday life. These men are Mayan by origin and wearing traditional clothes is their way to demonstrate their pride in being Mayan.
Man from San Pedro Atitlan. Photo source
Man from Santiago Atitlan. Photo courtesy Iñaki Martínez de Marigorta Diaz
Look at these amazing trousers of the men from the Lake Atitlan region. They are made up of four bands woven on looms by women and are embroidered with numerous brightly coloured motifs - birds, animals or geometrical which identify the place of origin of the wearer.
Men from Santa Catarina Atitlan. Photo source
Men from Solola. Photo source
Men from Solola are famous for the brightness of their costumes. They wear colourful trousers embroidered with flowers with a black woolen skirt over the top and no less colourful shirt which is a mixture of woven stripes and patterns which is additionally decorated with a bat-like motif in white cotton.
Man from Solola. Photo source
Men from Todos Santos. Photo source
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