Country: Guatemala   /   Village: Zunil
Ethnic Group: Maya   /   Feature: Portraits


Mayan women of Guatemala's Altiplano wear brightly hued and practically designed huipiles. The colorful cloth is hand-woven and embroidered and is then fashioned into a loose blouse that allows for ease of movement. Here a mother parts a fold in her huipil to breastfeed her baby. Although taboo in many western countries, it's a common sight in Guatemala. The simple act of a woman in traditional dress feeding her child is a natural celebration of themes that are important in mayan culture. The huipil is adorned with images of flowers and plants that represent life and fertility and the nursing baby completes the scene. 

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