|The Maya Indians
to weave and embroider some of the same design motifs that have
been popular since the Classic period (AD 150-900). Images on
ceramics, lintels, stelae, and wall murals show designs used
in textiles. Most design ideas come from natural surroundings
including hills or snakes, flowers and wildlife.
On the walls on Bonampak,
a dignitary is shown wearing a tunic of this design. His clothes
includes jade ear spools, a jade necklace with medallions, and jaguar skin
around his hair.
Sky Band The sky band is a long band
composed of a series of rectangles representing celestial bodies.
The ancient Maya used this symbol to act as bases, platforms,
or thrones on Codex tyle vases.
are common in Maya design. They are associated with rain and
fertility. In the Lowlands, the coming of rain is announced by
the toads and their croaking sound.
The toad sings at the mouth of the Earthlord's mountain cave. The Earthlord's
daughters fluff cotton which will be transformed by a bolt of lightning
into rain clouds. Toads are believed to be the guardians of the rain
diamond shaped design may be the most common. It is simple to weave
and embroider. The shape of the diamond represents the four
corners of the Maya world. Each corner represents one of the four
cardinal directions: east, north, west, and south. Inside the center
is another smaller diamond or geometric shape that represents the
Crosses XX's Crosses represent the
four corners of the earth North, South, East and West. It represents
the world tree with its branches and roots through the layers
of the universe. In many modern Maya villages, the cross contains
protective powers and is placed at crossroads or at sacred
areas of the natural landscape Zig Zag The Zig Zag symbolize "cerritos," little
"squiggly," or be chon, "path of the snake"