Notice the matching blue head dresses on these two women below. What they wear on their heads can also be part of their traditional costume, with the print, design and color having significant meaning.
These girls waiting for a bus are dressed more modestly than any girls you'll see of the same age in the U.S. Note how the skirts come below the knee, and the blouse has sleeves and a high neck.
Not to say they never wear American styles, because they do on occasion. Used American clothes are available in the stores called "pacas," and are less costly than the traditional dress costume.
But the hand-made Mayan clothing continues to be worn today as it has for thousands of years, providing the girls of Guatemala with an identity. They carry the pride of belonging to an ancient culture with dignity, and it gives them a fresh, confident, quiet beauty that being decked out in the latest fashions could never provide.