Maya Adventure

The Maya of San Andres Larrainzar


Maya of San Andres Larrainzar

The Tzotzil-speaking town of San Andres Larrainzar has one of the oldest and most stable weaving traditions in the Chiapas Highlands. The main motifs of San Andres, especially the grand design and the toad, are reminiscent of the patterns used by the Ancient Maya of Yaxchilan, a city of the Classic Maya Period (300-900 A.D.) in lowland Chiapas. As members of the Chiapas weaver's cooperative, Sna Jolobil , the women of San Andres collect and study old textiles and give classes in the ancient art of natural dyes. Like the Tzeltal-speaking weavers of Tenejapa, the women of San Andres are leaders in the revival of Chiapas brocade

Maya of Highland Chiapas


Science Museum of Minnesota