Designs, materials, textures, beauty, and elegance. Key words when talking about Mexican crafts. And when we are talking about the ones from the state of Yucatan we need to add personality. We invite you to a route in search of outstanding Yucatan craftsmanship. So, when the time to visit our land comes, do you already know what Yucatecan Crafts are.
The art of metal working was introduced by the colonizer to the original inhabitants. This evolved into filigree: The fabrication of jewelry with very fine strands of gold and silver.
Collars, chains and earrings are some of the crafts fabricated with this technique. It is also one of the two main methods to elaborate rosaries.
Shells and Sea Snails crafts
Crafts made from these materials can be found since prehispanic times. Everyday items, ritualistic or ornamental are made with them.
Next to filigree they are used to make earrings or ornaments for jewelry boxes. The Mother of pearl work also stands out in the region.
The introduction of new cattle varieties widened the possibilities for this trade. Cows, goats, pigs and horses, in addition to techniques and utensils arrived from Europe enriched the art of pelt working.
Briefcases, purses, wallets, purses, cigarette cases, shoes and other items are skilfully crafted. Valladolid, Hunucmá and Ticul are famous as saddlery zones.
Henequen and Palm Fiber crafts
More materials with prehispanic background. A great variety of objects for personal use were made with henequen fiber: strings, ropes, bags or backpacks, and mats.
Tablecloths, baskets, rugs, hammocks, bags and folders with artistic motifs are current alternatives for use. The woven palm or jipijapa hats stand out on their own merits.
Handmade Wax Candles
A tradition that resists disappearing is the production of handmade candles. Both original techniques and materials dating back more than a hundred years are used for its elaboration.
In its variety lies its richness. You can find them aromatic and decorative in boutiques. The most traditional, used for religious festivals, are made in small family workshops.
Chewing gum or chicle was born right in Yucatan. Despite its industrialization, there are still manufacturers who make it just like the Mayans did. All thanks to the chicozapote tree.
After its extraction, the resin obtained is filtered to remove impurities. It is sectioned into blocks and dried in the sun or boiled to evaporate the water. Once dry, sweeteners can be added, if any, and it is cut to obtain bubble gum sheets.
More to Discover
You already know where to turn when you walk through the yucatecan streets and traditional markets. There are many more surprises waiting around every corner. Now, it’s up to you to discover it.