When I traveled around Guatemala, I was obvioulsy impressed by the beautiful volcanoes and the abundant jungle. But I was completely intoxicated by the beautiful headdresses of Guatemalan women. I begun to take pictures frantically of all these different amazing headdresses and I could not stop anymore !
In Maya culture, the hair is sacred. If a woman cut her hair that’s like cutting a part of her body, her heart, lungs or stomach for example… So she can be struck down by illness!
To have really long hair is also the ultimate symbol of feminity. That’s why, every woman has long hair !
Here below, you will find a selection of my photographies with an explanation of their meanings.
First, I would like to present you the headdress called “el serpiente emplumada” or “the feathered serpent“. For Maya people, Gucumatz or the feathered serpent was the deity who created humanity, god of the wind, the life and the sunrise and he had the ability to fly. The Quetzal, the emblem bird of Guatemala is also called the feathered serpernt. By the way, I recommend you to watch the wonderful new documentary of the Guatemalan photographer Ricky López called El Serpiente Emplumada about the beautiful Quetzal. Here you can find the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2GbJA_YCzg
Here below, you will see some pictures of beautiful braids wrapped into a satin ribbon of different colours. According to the age of the woman, she will start to put the ribbon more or less high: for a girl, the ribbon has to start lower and for a woman, the ribbon can begin at the top of the braid.
The headdress below is called Baghal and is normally in red colour and represent the Coral Snake.
Here below, you can find a video of Oralia doing this headdress on my own hair.
Finally, you will maybe recognize this traditional headress called Tocoyal as I already spoke about it in the Cotton & Travel Facebook page. I you want to see again the demonstration video of the headdress, have a look on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/CottonAndTravel/
Guatemalan women put also on their head this fabric called Tutze to protect themselves of the sun.