Huixtan, Chiapas a Tzotzil village.
Web gallery by Bob Freund
with particiaption of Karen Elwell and Tom Aleto ,Narratives by Karen Elwell 9/2005


close up embroidery
huixtan cape
tzotzil_huixtan mens
Huixtan is a pleasant-looking, small Tzotzil community that lies alongside the highway between San Cristobal and Palenque. The majority of the municipio’s people live in the parajes, not the centro. The road is heavily traveled by local people and by tourists. Because of this, many women sell blouses from their homes along the road. Colorful embroidered blouses flutter in the breeze, hanging from ropes, trees, and porches.

We stopped at various homes and purchased blouses from the women there. Although once Huixtan women wore white huipiles, today – at least for daily attire – they wear white blouses. These are made from commercial cloth and decorated with colorful, satin-stitched flowers and lace trim around the necklines. Women wear the usual indigo skirts with red belts. They also wear capes, which are large rectangular pieces of commercial, white cloth decorated with colorful flowers. We saw many women and girls walking along the highway with capes over their heads or around their shoulders. They looked very attractive.

We drove into town to see if there was a textile coop. If there was one, we didn’t find it, and there was nobody out and about on the street to ask. This was one sleepy little town on the day we visited.

Back in San Cristobal, we purchased examples of the white, cotton shirts worn by men and boys. These garments, made of “manta,” are also decorated with bright bunches of satin-stitched flowers. In the villages, we only saw a couple of old men wearing traditional clothing. However, we didn’t see anyone wearing the famous, wide Huixtan trousers. There is, However, a “Bienvenidos a Huixtan” side at the edge of town that shows a man in this costume, so it must still be worn on ceremonial occasions.