This small textile is a sample of traditional Maya weaving, possibly serving as a napkin or just as a sampler. Maya textiles are more typically created as large pieces of fabric, intended to be made into traditional clothing, that are hand-woven on a backstrap loom. This piece is striped in different colors of traditionally hand-dyed cotton, but because of global trade, today Maya textiles may incorporate threads of rayon, silk, or metallic materials. In addition, this piece has been embroidered with a bird, a common Maya motif.
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