The Maya of Tenejapa
Maya of Tenejapa
At the beginning of this century, t.n of Tenejapa did
not know how to brocade. Then Santa Lucia, patroness of Tenejapa weavers,
appeared to several women in dreams and asked them to make a brocaded
huilpil for Her. In order to fulfill Her wish, the women traveled to the
Tzotzil towns of San Andres Larrainzar and San Pedro Chenalho to study the
art of brocading.
The women of Tenejapa are now among the most creative and
active weavers in the Chiapas Highlands. They organize workshops and
competitions. They buy material in bulk from the factories in Mexico City, and
they serve as officers in Sna Jolobil , the Chiapas weavers' cooperative.
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