Hand-Woven Textiles & Brocading
Andrea Díaz Hernández is one of the top weavers in San Andres Larrainzar, a town in the Chiapas Highland one hour away from San Cristóbal de las Casas. She learned her skills from her mother and taught weaving to her four adult children and is teaching it to the younger children as well. Andrea has a total of 8 children — 5 adults and 3 children — and she only speaks her indigenous language Tzotzil. One of her daughters who speaks Spanish will be accompanying her.
Men and women and their spouses weave some of the finest weaving and brocading and regularly enter state competitions and receive awards for their work. They all use the Omega thread the best you can find in Chiapas. They also specialize in fine weaving where they use only one thread instead of the usual three.
They are known for their traditional ceremonial weavings, wall tapestries done and sold on looms showing all the iconography of San Andres featuring prominently the icons of the saints, toads and the monkey as well as the Maya universe. They also do huipiles in non-traditional colors such as blue, brown etc., tablecloths, bed covers, pillow covers and table runners.
One of the daughters, Elvira has moved to the community of El Bosque, 22 hours away on the way to Simojovel and she will be bringing some of the traditional woven and embroidered huipiles from that area as well as her San Andrés weavings. Some of the best that area has to offer will be shown at the Feria.