Juana Victoria Hernández Gómez
Grupo Artesania X-Chilul Pak´
(Rumbo al Hospital de Salud)
San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas
961 129 5869 Whatsapp
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San Juan Cancuc is located in the Chiapas highlands in a beautiful mountainous area not very far as the crow flies from Tenejapa or Oxchuc. The area remains a very traditional Tzeltal area and the men dedicate themselves mostly to agriculture growing corn, chiles and beans in their milpas (fields)for home consumption and resale as well as cultivating organic shade coffee for extra cash.
Their style of weaving can be seen in the clothing they wear. The men wear a long white tunic with a red belt and very narrow sleeves. The top of the tunic and the top of the sleeves are decorated with bright colors of weaving and embroidery. The colors vary slightly every year, but those worn by the men are predominantly in the red and pink tones, although sometimes you will see blue as well. The women wear a long white huipil also decorated with bright colors. This year you will see lots of blue, green and turquoise with some bright hot pink or lime green. The huipil is worn over a long navy blue skirt and held with a belt. Both men and women carry flat purses called moral that are of bright colors and decorated with cross stitches.
Although beautiful, this area has very little in the way of income earning opportunities, so the women´s work is extremely important for the survival of the family. Grupo Artesanía X-Chilul Pak is comprised of 20 women was formed in 2011. They were fortunate to be able to use a building donated by Juana's father as their headquarters and store so it is a little easier to find their work than that of women working from their homes. The women rotate working at home and taking care of the store. They use the back-strap loom to weave their fabric and brocade.
The traditional material used is cotton and acrylic thread, however, this group is also reviving the cotton wool brocade from the past. They use plants to dye the wool of some of their better pieces and use high quality thread such as Omega and Rio Blanco so the colors do not run. They will soon be learning to dye cotton from Carlos Barrera, who is one of the lecturers at the Feria this year. The women make huipiles, blouses, rebozos, ponchos, mañanitas, and many other items.
The members of the grupo take turns when they can, traveling and selling. They are paid a small fee since they cannot work while away and the group pays the travel expenses. The women have voted to make approximately $20 pesos/hour which is a common salary for weavers in the outer areas.
Cancuc means the song of the birds and it is believed that the traditional designs on the huipil represents the song of the birds, the four points around the neck many represent the teeth of the jaguar (dientes del tigre) and/or the four cardinal points. Some modern designs can be seen in the younger women´s huipiles, such as flowers and hearts and other non-traditional designs. The colors of the huipiles change with the fashion, but as a rule the younger women are the ones with the most colorful huipiles.
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