María Patishtan Licanchitón

Cooperativa de Mujeres Tejedoras del Rosario          San Juan Chamula
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Muñecas (dolls)

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Doña María spent her entire life in the town of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, a Tzotzil Mayan community a few kilometers from San Cristóbal de las Casas. When she was young,  women made their own clothes but did not make them for sale, as they do now. 

Maria was widowed at the age of 25 with a young son and had to think about how to earn enough money to support her family. At that time, she did not know how to embroider or weave, so she went to some of her acquaintances and asked to be taught. 

She knew Pedro Meza, who founded the Sna Jolobil cooperative, and two young anthropologists Marta Turok and Chip Morris. With their support and direction, she began to form the first cooperative in Chamula and began weaving and embroidering her own clothes, as well as handmade clothes for sale to tourists. The name of her cooperative is Cooperativa de Mujeres Tejedoras del Rosario. María Patishtan has always been its president.  She is known for being a bold merchant, with an indefatigable energy, nothing stops her, not even the fact that her Spanish is very poor. 

Now, the 45 women of the cooperative weave and embroider wool clothes that they dye with natural and synthetic colors, backpacks for men and women, small animals and dolls, and blouses that are made with rustic blankets and embroidered by hand. 

If you visit Chiapas you should visit Doña María's shop and her house behind the old church and cemetery at the entrance to Chamula. Marcelino or Petrona, her grandchildren, will be happy to show you their handicrafts. 

Doña María appears in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" published by Fomento Cultural Banamex.


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