Maya Adventure

The Maya of Cancuc


Maya of Cancuc

The textiles of Cancuc, a remote, Tzeltal-speaking community, were plain at the beginning of this century. As economic conditions improved and commercial yarns became available, the women of Cancuc began to add rows of colorful heddle brocade to the breasts of men's shirts and women's huipiles. These squares of brocade and the overall shape of the garments are reminiscent of the Aztec costume of the 16th century. Aztec traders from Central Mexico journeyed into the Chiapas Highlands in the 15th century, and Aztec communities settled in Chiapas at the time of the Spanish Conquest in the mid 1500's.

Maya of Highland Chiapas


Science Museum of Minnesota