(AMRI) Journey to promote Records in Americas - P15 - Chichicastenango Market (Guatemala): The oldest Mayan open-air market in the Americas

03-02-2024

(worldkings.org) Chichicastenango Market was about 3 hours drive from Guatemala City. This is a Mayan market which is more than 500 years old and believed to be the oldest outdoor Mayan market in Central America and Americas.

Chichicastenango is home to the most colourful native market in Latin America. Since before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, different Mayan tribes have travelled far and wide to come to Chichicastenango in Guatemala to sell and trade their goods.

But today, it’s not just Mayan people who stop to make deals here. Many of Guatemala’s other ethnic groups including the Kaqchikel and the Mam also come here to do business on market days.

 

 

From wooden handicrafts to traditional healing remedies and vibrantly coloured exotic fruits and vegetables, it seems that everything under the sun has passed through the streets of Chichicastenango.

These are vibrantly dyed, hand-woven, sleeveless tunics that are traditionally worn by indigenous Mayan ladies in Southern Mexico and Guatemala. The intricacies involved in making one are immense. It takes 2-3 months for a weaver to make a single one!

 

 

Hand-woven huipils are understandably very expensive, but you can buy a cheaper one that’s been made on a sewing machine to take home as a souvenir.

Mayan people have been using terracotta pots for centuries. A stop here and you’ll be able to buy anything from plates, bowls, ornaments, and almost anything you think of that’s made of this clay!

 

 

As well as the traditionally worn huipil, you’ll stumble across countless stalls selling other vibrantly coloured textiles embroidered, weaved, and dyed in all manner of ways. From rainbow-striped hammocks to shoulderbags, or shawls, this market is teeming with multicoloured fabric designs.

According to theglobetrottingturtle.com. Source of photos: internet

 

Bee (Collect) - WORLDKINGS (Source of photos: Internet)

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