This small muslin bag was made in Frontera Corozal, Chiapas for sale to visitors to the community.
Karen Elwell 2/20/2006

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This simple, 1 web muslin huipil was made by a young woman from the small Chol community of Ignacio Zaragoza. The town is about 30 minutes south of Palenque in the Municipio of Salto de Agua. About 82% of the population of the Municipio are Chol, and approximately half are monolingual. The area was resettled by Chol people who moved down from the Tumbalá region. Zaragoza is located in the hot, rainy jungle foothills above the town of Palenque and is near the touristic attractions of Agua Clara and the Misol-ha waterfalls..

Only a few older women wear the Chol traje on a daily basis, but the costume is worn on special andceremonial occasions. In Palenque we met Maria Isabel, another young woman from Zaragoza, who was in the process of embroidering a similar huipil. The satin stitch mosaic is done using an embroidery hoop. We also met a woman from Nuevo Sonora, another Chol village near Palenque, who was dressed in the complete Chol costume. Her huipil did not have the repeating diamond pattern, but rather diagonal stripes similar to the stripes at each corner of this huipil's yoke. She was wearing the traditional ankle-length Chol skirt with a wide purple satin ribbon around the hips. The purple ribbon was bordered on either side by narrow yellow satin ribbons. The skirt was secured by a woven cotton belt similar to those worn by Tzeltal women from the Chilón-Bachajón-Pamalhá area, which borders Salto de Agua to the south.