Yucatec Maya: craft vendor

This craft vendor is from Valladolid and for me she represents all the Maya women in Yucatán who deal with crafts. This lady is from Zací Regional Crafts Centre (on the main plaza), home to the artisans of the city, created by the city administration. We had a chat together at this centre during my visit in 2017 but I forgot her name. The craftswomen make mainly embroidered cloth and blouses, hammocks, sisal baskets and leather sandals. The centre is promoting fair trade. I don’t think they get a fair price for their manual craftsmanship, despite this formal centre (bear this in mind and don’t try to beat the price down when you are buying).

The vendor is wearing a huipil, a loose-fitting tunic that can be worn as a blouse or a dress. It is made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric, which are then joined together with stitching, ribbons or fabric strips. Most of the women in Yucatán wear this embroidered outfit; you can’t miss it. I took this photo to show such typical clothing but also the face of the vendor which I consider truly beautiful.

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Huipil  from Yucatán (photo by my friend Janet Lowe). On the left:  huipils  from Chiapas. Each Maya region has different embroidery motifs.

Huipil from Yucatán (photo by my friend Janet Lowe). On the left: huipils from Chiapas. Each Maya region has different embroidery motifs.


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