Maya of Chamula

The Tzotzil-speaking community of San Juan Chamula is the largest Maya township of Chiapas with a population of over 40,000. Since the Spanish Conquest, the Chamulas have fought outside intervention and have remained one of the most conservative groups in the Highlands. The woman's daily huipil , of Chamula features a distinctive topknot, a style introduced by the Aztecs who accompanied the conquering Spanish. Sheep were introduced in the 16th century, and wool replaced quilted cotton in the construction of daily and ceremonial attire. Today, Chamula weavers supply wool belts and tunics for most of the highland communities.

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