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Aztec Clothing

Aztec Clothing

The Aztec clothing is defined as many forms of attire that were worn by the Aztec’s and other Mesoamerican people that lived in the Aztec Empire. It should be known that clothing styles prefered by the Aztec’s were very similar to the clothing that was worn by many other groups in Mexico and much of Mesoamerica. Like any culture, the Aztec’s in this case were influenced by their environment also their clothing was quite distinct. The most basic type that an Aztec could wear was a breechcloth called “Maxtlatl”

Basic Aztec Clothing

The breechcloth was a was a kind of loincloth that would be comprised of a piece of material this piece of material would normally be in the shape of a rectangle and it would be placed between the thighs of the person who wore it. It would be worn with a belt or string. The purpose of this cloth was to conceal private parts of the body, and by itself , it didn’t provide much protection from the sun or parasites to the user. The Aztec’s would often wear the breechcloth under a cloak or cape. This cloak was called a tilmatli, the tilmatli was important to the Aztec’s, The type worn would determine the status of the person in the Aztec society.

This is a Aztec Breechcloth drawing

This is a Aztec Breechcloth drawing

Aztec Clothing For Men And Women

Much of the clothes that I have talked about so far were worn by the Aztec’s and were basic. The women would wear a blouse which they called the huipilli, and they also wore a skirt called the cueitl. when both these words were joined together they called it “cueitl huipilli” the entire term was also used to refer to woman to. Another form of clothing that was very important to the Aztec were their sandals. Like the cape you wore the sandals with them also, they also determined what your status was with the Aztec’s. In many cases only men of the nobility would wear sandals, and many of the commoners didn’t wear much footwear. When entering the Aztec temples it was required to go barefoot and this most likely included the nobility to.  Another time the Aztec were not aloud to wear footwear was  when they stood before the emperor. much of the clothing they wore played a practical part in their society. In a hot tropical area, sandals were preferred then closed shoes as it gave a large amount of circulation. also the foot would not sweat a lot either. The Aztec’s didn’t wear a large amount of clothes, simply because it was to hot where they lived. Their clothing was designed for the warm environment in which they lived.

Aztec Jewelry And Gold

People should remember that the Aztec men wore clothes much more intricate then the woman, in this case the priests or members of the nobility. Feathers played and important to the Aztec’s and the rich feathers worn by the ancient Aztec’s have became world famous.  Jewelry was very important to the Aztec’s, and the large amount of gold worn by the Aztec’s is a testament to the power and strength of their empire. The clothing worn by the Aztec’s was very distinct and it was of their most prominent characteristics.

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