Larrainzar, Chiapas a Tzotzil village.
Web gallery by Bob Freund
with particiaption of Karen Elwell and Tom Aleto, Narratives by Karen Elwell 9/2005
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Women wear traditional dress, although only elderly men and local religious and civil authorities wear traje on a daily basis. The woman’s costume consists of a short-sleeved, white blouse, a red belt, and an indigo wrap skirt. The blouse is made of commercial fabric which is decorated with intricate designs created by fine running-stitch embroidery.

Some women wear another style of blouse white with large, cross-stitched flowers that is similar to the blouse worn in El Bosque. A local woman told us that you could tell the difference between the blouses of El Bosque and San Andres by the colors used to embroider the geometric-looking flowers. Women also weave a ceremonial, three-web huipil that is worn on special occasions. The very intricate designs are created using the supplementary weft brocade technique. Huipils with simpler designs are woven for the tourist market, and are also popular with women of Zinacantan.

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