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Maya Middle Class: Merchants and Artisans
Transcript of Maya Middle Class: Merchants and Artisans
By Alec VanBlarcum and Griffin Macdonald
Artisans were Mainly paint but did make carve some stuff too. A small amount of tools that they used are as follows; brushes, sculpt geometry tool, Paint vertex color tool, Paint scripts tool, paint attributes tool, Paint cluster weight tool, Paint jiggle weights tool, and the Paint set membership tool. Most Mayan cloth was made from cotton that was dyed with vegetable dyes. They did painted pottery, delicate carvings and mosaics ( pictures made from the bits of colored stones) made from shell and jade, detailed sculptures, Beautiful gold objects, and masks and head dresses for ceremonies. The women wear the huipil is a garment worn as a blouse by Mayan women since ancient times. It is a square or rectangular piece of cloth with a hole in the center. It is generally embroidered around the neck, in the shape of a cross. The garment is then folded in half and the sides stitched up. The stitching stops on the sides to allow for armholes. The huipil is worn over a skirt which is tied with a woven belt
They traveled around the land with their goods on their backs or in their dugout canoe. Merchants used chocolate as money or more specific, coco beans. They also accept jade, feathers of the quetzal, or other good of equal worth for trading. Men merchants mostly wore loincloths and if it was raining they also wore something that looked like a poncho. When they weren't traveling they would live in the great cities scattered throughout the land of the Maya though they did always return to their home city. One of the ways they traveled is by causeway which is basically a canal. The typical day for the merchant was this: 6:00, wake up and have breakfast, 6:30 to 6:45, set up shop, 6:46-9:30, sell items in the marketplace, 9:31-12:00, go to neighboring cities to find exotic items in their marketplaces, 12:01-12:30, eat lunch, 12:31-6:00 return to home city and sell goods to those who will buy it, 6:01-7:00, eat dinner, 7:01-8:30 sell what is posible to sell