The Maya people have been weaving textiles for use in clothing for thousands of years. Today different towns and communities are known for their own patterns and motifs. For many years, the origin of these different patterns has been attributed to the Spanish Conquistadors. History assumed that, in looking for a way to distinguish peoples from different places for reasons like forced labor or tax collection, Conquistadors created an organizational system where each town or municipality wore their own pattern of weaving. However, today there are Maya people who are challenging the idea that these different patterns are a result of colonization. The Maya people know that these regional variations have been around long before any contact by the Spanish.