Tz'utujil Maya woman wearing the traditional xk'ap or tocoyal headcloth - 🇬🇹 2018
Santiago Atitlán, on the shores of Lago de Atitlán and overshadowed by three volcanoes, is the main centre of the Tz'utujil Mayans. Traditional mode of dress such as richly embroidered huipiles fill the streets, but the most typical and curious of them all has almost vanished. The tocoyal or xk'ap, a long narrow band of red cloth more than 10 meters long, is wrapped around the head creating a halo effect. Even though this traditional headcloth is depicted on the 25 centavo coin of Guatemala, it is now only worn by older women, at fiestas or to intrigue tourists.