Places to visit in San Cristobal de Las Casas

The Weaving House Sna Jolobil

Av. 20 de Noviembre s/n, Barrio del Cerrillo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chis., 29220

Tel:(967) 678 2646.

The Weaving House Sna Jolobil

Sna Jolobil means The Weaving House in tzotzil, a mayan language. It’s an organization made up of 800 women weavers

Opening Hours:

Monday through Sunday 09:00am - 02:00pm

Monday through Sunday 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Price: Free

Sna Jolobil means The Weaving House in tzotzil, a mayan language. It’s an organization made up of 800 women weavers from 20 tzotzil and tzeltal speaking indians communities in the Highlands of Chiapas and is incorporated as a not-for-profit Civil Society.

Its main objective is to preserve and revitalize Mayan Art by encouraging its members to study and recreate ancient textiles, natural dyeing methods for wool and cotton, and ancestral weaving techniques.

Each piece is an original creation with its own value, impregnated with the sensibility, wisdom and respect with which each artist composes the designs and symbols inherited from their elders.

Sna Jolobil is also a study center for the backstrap loom technique known as brocade in which the designs are woven into the cloth itself. Many of these brocaded designs survive from the pre-colombian times; they portray the saints, gods and animals who protect the growth of corn and the fertility of the earth and symbolize the Mayan vision of the cosmos.

Women who devote their lives to brocade and achieve mastery of its complicated techniques and symbolism are greatly admired in their communities.

Photo Gallery

Exhibition of the different types of embroidery of the communitiesCotton blouses with embroidered detailsEmbroidery modes of San Andrés, Magdalenas, Tenejapa and ChamulaCooperative that makes one of the embroideries with higher qualityEntry to Sna JolobilDisplay of embroidered tablecloths, dresses and cushionsSna Jolobil is in the atrium of Santo DomingoHuipil de Magdalenas indigenous communityBeautifully embroidered decorative cushionsInterior view of the cooperativeCushion and doll with typical dressUNESCO 2002 PrizeNecklaces made by hand craftsEmbroidery of the highest qualityLocated at the bottom of the Maya World Textile Center


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