The Maya wove beautiful fabrics using cotton, hemp, and other fibers. Fibers were dyed and then woven into brilliant designs. Patterns included geometric, floral, animal, and human designs. They used these beautiful and colorful fabrics to drape, not to fit. The Maya loved to wear one loose garment on top of another.
The Mayan people painted murals in houses and buildings describing important events that occurred within their civilization. The remaining murals and paintings from this time period help historians learn about important battles and ceremonies in the civilization.
Quipus are books from the ancient Inca empire in Peru. But these books are so special, they are not made on paper, or leather, or parchment, they are not even carved on stone. These books are made of colorful yarn strings attached to a main cord, and instead of letters or numbers, they used knots! Lets learn how they were done.
The mayans also had their own laws and punishments. They were usually very reasonable and fair. Steal something and you were held captive by the victim as punishment. Commit a lesser crime and get some hair cut off because short hair was a sign of disgrace and dishonesty among the Maya. They would also hold their own trials, displaying some similarities to our current practices.
Mayans used two methods of agriculture. They planted on raised beds above swamps, and hillside terraces. Also, they used slash and burn method, (clearing land, burning it, and planting in the ashes.) They mainly planted maize, beans, and squash.