House of Culture of Espita “The Athens of Yucatan”

Espita, Yucatàn.- Embroidery is an activity that is practiced in southeastern Mexico, and specifically in Yucatan, since pre-Hispanic times, when according to Fray Diego de Landa’s book “Relationship of the things of Yucatan”, Yucatecan women were known for their delicate knitting of textile pieces, and for using feathers to decorate their clothing. Their technique was described in the book as colorful and peculiar.

In the town of Espita, the House of Culture is known as “The Athens of Yucatan”, where people can attend classes in embroidery and textile painting, as part of the cultural activities carried out there.

María Tuz Pinzón, one of the teachers of this House of Culture, highlights the interest that hundreds of women from Espita and their nearby communities have in learning this ancient practice.

The drawing, the selection of the colors, as well as the design that these creations that the women of Yucatan learn in this House of Culture, serves them as means of economic support for their families, one of the main objectives that the community seeks to achieve.

In the same way, different cultural learning activities are carried out in this space, such as dance, poetry, singing, among other multiple activities.

Maria Mis Petul, student of the House of Culture is learning the art of oratory, because for her, it is a way of manifesting deeper emotions and feelings through beautiful words. The girl has participated in many poetry contests, and says she will continue preparing herself to improve in this discipline.

“Educational and cultural training is essential for children, youth, women and the elderly, to guarantee better opportunities for the people of the Yucatan”, Marìa said.

And that is precisely why this year, the “Antorchista” organization celebrates its 45th anniversary with six great regional events. On October 13, 60 thousand artisans from the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo will celebrate at the “Víctor Manuel Reyna” stadium in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom

 



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