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The vocations of the municipalities of Yucatán

11 july 2018
4 min. de lectura
An excellent way to learn about the talent of Yucatecan hands is through the crafts that are produced in the municipalities. Whether with stone, wood, skins, henequen, palm, gold and thread, decorative pieces and items, shoes, bags, guayaberas, hammocks, hats, mats, jewelry, among many others, are made. Get to know Yucatán through the artisanal vocations of some of its municipalities.




  • Kimbilá. 50 km from Mérida, this town is recognized for its blouses, shirts and guayaberas with traditional Yucatecan embroidery.
  • Tekit. The star garment of the population is the guayaberas. Here you can buy from the wide variety of designs that exist or order one to measure.
  • Teabo. The women embroiderers of this town stand out for their laborious dedication to typical garments, especially suits.




  • Halachó. It stands out for its palm craftsmanship and beautiful basket work as well as fine jipijapa hats.




  • Izamal.You find beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings or beautiful rosaries in which cocoyol is combined with henequen thorns.





  • Hunucmá. Headquarters of the production of leather footwear from the Peninsula, especially men's. You also find belts, bags and items for men, as well as shoes for women.
  • Ticul. It stands out for its pottery production, as well as for women's footwear, which has become a reference wherever it is presented.





  • Tixkokob. Hammocks of different kinds, colors and diversity are made. The best thing is that you can witness how it is created.
  • Chumayel. Anyone who has rested in a hammock knows that it is an essential element in Yucatecan homes. In this town you will find cotton, nylon, decorated hammocks, as well as saddle type and accessories.




  • Xocchel. Crafts made with henequen predominate, whether they are baskets, tablecloths, rugs, purses, folders with motifs, among many others.




  • Chemax. With a tradition focused on wood carving, musical instruments, decorative objects and furniture are made there.
  • Dzityá. Just 15 minutes north of Mérida, it is a paradise of stone and carved wood, with pieces that have made its craft fair famous. From objects for everyday use, decorative objects, sculptures, benches, among others, you will find pieces in stone and guayacán wood.
  • Muna. In this southern area, wood carvings are also made, whether they are figures of animals typical of the area such as birds, toucans and other mammals.
  • Pisté. You also find carved wooden objects in Mayan figures, masks and more.


You can purchase pieces and items at the Casa de las Artesanías in Mérida, in the craft markets in Izamal, Valladolid as well as in general in the main squares of the municipalities.

Photographs by Juan Manuel Mier y Terán, Julián Urquiza and Mérida City Council for use in Yucatán Today

Violeta H. Cantarell

Author: Violeta H. Cantarell

“Meridana,” traveler, animal lover, passionate reader, commentator, and enthusiastic promoter of the natural and human beauty of Yucatán.

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