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Belize

Yolanda Garfias Woo

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean 2005

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The land of the ancient Maya covered Guatemala, Belize, northern Honduras, and El Salvador, along with the Mexican states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Chiapas, and Tabasco. Carvings, painted pottery, and other artifacts found at ancient sites provide information regarding early Mayan dress, showing its similarity to other clothing in the Yucatán Peninsula at that time. Mayans were skilled textile and jewelry makers, following a strict class system, which allowed only elite individuals to w

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