VALLADOLID — The Yucatecan craftswomen who work in the Zací Handicraft Market are an example of dedication due to their organization that has turned them into the principal economical providers of their family and a sample of how the local artisans succeed with their skills.
Although the sale of their products has ups and downs according to the season of the year, artisans work together to maintain the activity of this business.
Nevertheless they said that they are in a difficult situation because they do not reach the necessary sales, in fact they reported that at the moment they are selling approximately one “terno” (Yucatan traditional dress) each month.
Although Valladolid is one of the most visited municipalities in Yucatan, tourists do not purchase traditional clothing, largely due to their high prices, which goes from $800 pesos ($45 USD approxiately) and up to $2,500 pesos ($140 USD).
“Sometimes if the business goes well we sell one or two dresses each month, what we sell most are accessories and some sweaters,” said Maria Cauich.
Also, the making of typical costumes has been a tradition for generations, but they artisans have been forced to modernize in order to have better profits.
“My grandmother forbade us to make those embroidered blouses, because according to her it lacked respect for the typical dress, because it was not the traditional thing, but we didn’t have a choice than to start doing it, it’s what sells the most” she clarified.
For their part, the authorities of the handicraft center charge a fee of one thousand pesos a month to artisans, who sometimes fail to sell enough to pay for it.
The artisans put their total confidence in the recent renovations in the touristic center built by the state government and hope that this will make the enclosure more attractive and cause to arrive more tourists who can buy their products.
more recommended stories
Yucatecan food caused a big sensation at Tianguis Turístico 2018
Cochinita pibil, one of the most.
Peña Nieto signed the declaration of Special Economic Zone of Campeche and Tabasco
On April 17, President Enrique Peña.
The Mulsay Zoo, long forgotten by the people and authorities of Mérida
Residents of western Mérida are sad.
Animal cruelty in the state of Puebla goes unpunished
In the last month, 15 stray.
Priest shot dead marks 2nd clerical murder this week in Mexico
Roman Catholic authorities in Mexico say.
Mexican presidential candidates face off in first debate with clear lead in polls for leftist AMLO
On Sunday April 22, the first debate.
Yucatán hosts regional technology node for greater innovation
Composed by 10 scientific-academic institutions from.
Leaders of the Americas adopt commitment to fight corruption
The 8th Summit of the Americas.
Spanish oil company Repsol enters the Mexican market
Seven gas stations in Baja California.
Balché: Sacred Maya drink
The balché is a Maya ceremonial.