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Indigo was also used to naturally create deep blues.

Indigo was also used to naturally create deep blues.

After spinning, the thread is dyed. While synthetically dyed threads are common today, natural dyes were commonly used until the mid-1900s. This is cochineal, a bug found on the nopal cactus. Crushed, it creates a red pigment.

After spinning, the thread is dyed. While synthetically dyed threads are common today, natural dyes were commonly used until the mid-1900s. This is cochineal, a bug found on the nopal cactus. Crushed, it creates a red pigment.

A simple brocade nim pot, or ceremonial blouse, and tzut, or shawl, from the 1950s. This tzut design is quite typical in Santiago, although its losing its favor among the younger generation as they search for new and interesting patterns to wear.

A simple brocade nim pot, or ceremonial blouse, and tzut, or shawl, from the 1950s. This tzut design is quite typical in Santiago, although its losing its favor among the younger generation as they search for new and interesting patterns to wear.

Crocheted piicture frame. {recycling the top of a yogurt or applesauce container}

Crocheted piicture frame. {recycling the top of a yogurt or applesauce container}

This complex brocade huipil, or blouse, from the 1990s combines complex weaving with embroidery around the neckline. Note the introduction of synthetically-dyed threads in every color, metallic threads, and non-cotton materials like velvet. Like all clothing styles, Maya traje changes over time as fashions shift and new technologies are developed.

This complex brocade huipil, or blouse, from the 1990s combines complex weaving with embroidery around the neckline. Note the introduction of synthetically-dyed threads in every color, metallic threads, and non-cotton materials like velvet. Like all clothing styles, Maya traje changes over time as fashions shift and new technologies are developed.

The threads are then arranged on a warp board (far right), a process by which the vertical pattern, or warp, of the weaving is established.

The threads are then arranged on a warp board (far right), a process by which the vertical pattern, or warp, of the weaving is established.

Even the littlest kid on the prairie had a craft. @imaginationsoup believes young ones can learn to knit today too.

Even the littlest kid on the prairie had a craft. @imaginationsoup believes young ones can learn to knit today too.

A nim pot, or ceremonial blouse, and tzut, or shawl, from the early 1900s. Notice the undyed brown cotton used in the shawl.

A nim pot, or ceremonial blouse, and tzut, or shawl, from the early 1900s. Notice the undyed brown cotton used in the shawl.

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