If you have ever visited Chiapas, specifically the areas around Tuxtla and San Cristobal de las Casas, you have seen the indigenous uniform of the women from San Juan Chamula. It often involves a little satin top with embroidered and ribbon details, and finished off with a girdle-like woven cotton belt. The Mexican blouses come in a plethora of vibrant colors, and also they come in your standard black and white.
According to one of my favorite books, A Textile Guide to the Highlands of Chiapas, these Tzotzil Mayan women didn´t always dress in this way. Their dress has evolved as result of the various influences in the region – most recently in the 90´s with the arrival of the Evangelicals. The Evangelicals started handing out cardigan sweaters (why?) and the Chamulan women moved on from their traditional huipil, to a satin blouse worn with the little cardigan. And this is how they continue to dress today.