■Village of weaving : Zinacantán
In part I, I wrote about Iglesia de San Juan Bautista in Chamula. Next we moved to Zinacantán by taxi. This is a very local village, which is famous for original home-made textiles.
Taxi stopped at the near the church in the center. As soon as we arrived, many children wearing traditional cloth came to us and said ‘Please come, please come!!’
We went to a house a child invited. her mother in fact had been weaving.
Here it was different from Teotitlan in Oaxaca, weaving was by very simple tools.
They permited us to take photographs for free.
Until some years ago, in Zinacantán photographs were prohibited. I thought recently they had a phone with camera or smartphone, so they were getting accustomed to taking pictures.
■Important traditional pattern
In this village, almost textile patterns were familiar nature scenes: flowers, plants and birds.
Most famous pattern is one like sunflower. I asked the mother what it is. She answered ‘This is a flower of corn.’
A flower of corn??? I hadn’t heard it. But maybe it was familiar to them.
The village itself had easygoing atmosphere.
You can spend leisurely because tourists are few.
We were moved by people who were weaving silently even if guests did not come inside.
In the village, we hardly didn’t meet men. I don’t know why. But I think weaving is traditionally a job by women and men are at their field during daytime.
■How to go to Chamula from San Cristóbal de las Casas
■Taxi from Chamula to Zinacantán
There is a colectivo from Zinacantán to San Cristóbal de las Casas. The bus stop is in the center of Zinacantán.15 Mexico peso, it takes about 30 minutes.