Granted, they may have had a particular fondness for ritual human sacrifice, yet those Aztecs could still concoct some wonderful patterns.
Think about it; while the Irish people were most likely fashioning outfits from dog pelts and dried potato (bear with us on this one...), the ancient Aztec people were busy creating incredible patterned designs and successfully hiding their civilisation from syphilis-ridden Europeans.
Even today, the Aztecs inspire modern fashion, as one of the earliest 2012 trends that we've spotted is the below tribal print designs, which adorn everything from t-shirts to backpacks and shirts. We've selected six of the best below:
ASOS T-Shirt With Aztec Print - ASOS, €24.21
Constructed in pure cotton. Featuring an all over contrast Aztec print, a crew neck with a bound edge, short length sleeves and a regular fit.
ASOS T-Shirt With Aztec Stripe Print - ASOS, €21.52
Constructed in a pure cotton jersey with a striped Aztec print. Featuring a crew neck with a bound edge, short contrast sleeves, a patch pocket to the chest and a contrast back.
River Island Aztec Print T-Shirt - ASOS, €18.83
This release features a bound crew neck, short sleeves, an Aztec-style print to the chest and a regular fit.
Worland Burgundy Aztec Tee - Urban Outfitters, €30.00
Brighten up in this bold Aztec patterned tee, featuring short sleeves, a crew neck and a singular pocket at the chest.
Aztec Horizontal Stripe Shirt - Topman, €38.77
Aztec long sleeve classic fit horizontal stripe shirt.
Grey Aztec Ranger Rucksack - Topman, €46.04
Grey aztec printed canvas ranger rucksack.