Traditional Mexican clothing combines native and European elements. The natives used cotton, bark and agave to make their clothings, while the Spanish introduced wool and silk.
Mexican clothing has many varieties, and it can be clearly distinguished by gender, by social status and by ethnic group. Also, native clothing is different to mestizo clothing.
The ch'ima is a rectangular or tubular skirt for women with a high, pleated waistband, tied above the chest with long stashes. Greatly influenced by Confucianism, the ch'ima completely covers the body. Also, it allows the wearer to squat elegantly, so as to do household chores easily.
Typical women clothing includes a skirt, a huipil (a kind of sleeve-less tunic), a quechquemitl (a closed shoulder cape) and a rebozo (a kind of shawl), while celebratory Mexican clothing has a variety of different costumes.
National festivities are celebrated with typical clothes and accessories (including the famous Mexican Sombrero). Religion also plays a part on the design of costumes for some special days, like the Day of Death.