Monday, December 3, 2012

Regional And Indigenous Dress In Mexico

We have immensely enjoyed our visits to the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca in the South Central Highlands.  

These are the poorest states in Mexico, but have some wonderful markets, some beautiful cities and a great variety of indigenous villages.

Evenings can be a bit chilly in these high mountains.

This man is from the village of Chamula. You can tell by the way he is dressed.

Women often are seen wearing these black long hair sheep wool skirts. 

The scenes above are common in the San Cristobal de las Casas area of Chiapas.

This picture and the ones below are from the village of Zinacantan.

Above is a wedding dress from Zinacantan.

Men are often seen wearing this type of cover over their shirt.

We ate lunch in this home and bought some items from this lady, who does all her weaving on this backstrap loom attached to the tree.

Many villages have their own style of dress, and some still adhere to very old customs and religious practices.  

In some areas the first language is still prehispanic and Spanish is hardly ever spoken.
Many people in Zinacantan still peak their native Mayan language of Tzotzil.
These women are in the village of Muni in the Yucatan.

This type of dress is common here and is called a Huipile.

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