The handicrafts created by talented Yucatan artisans, are unique, colorful and very skilled. Among the most notable there are:
Guayabera Clothing: shirts and dresses typical of the 19th century that were brought back from trips to Cuba. During the late 1960’s, artisans founded factories that better met the demand for this product. It is an extremely comfortable and cool garment thanks to natural materials with which it is made. The most popular colors are white, sky blue, beige and gray. Currently, Guayabera designs have been adapted to a more youthful fashion and the female market.
Henequen: the green gold of the Yucatan, was one of the most sought after industries in the 19th century. The hardness and flexibility of the plant fibers allows artisans to create various items such as purses, coasters, tortilla warmers, place mats, jewelry boxes, and hot pads. These products are resistant and very pleasing to the eye.
Hammocks: made from mainly cotton or synthetic fibers. The designs are varied in color and size, although there is also a return to traditional hemp hammocks. The hammocks come in different sizes, for babies, single, large, double and king size.
Huipiles and Embroidery: are extensively colorful, flashy and fun. The huipil is the traditional dress for women, a mix between traditional Maya dress and those used by the Spanish who came from Europe. The garment consists of three-pieces, what are the jacket, huipil and fustian.
The colors and decorations are embroidered by hand with cross-stitch and lace. The garment is not just a folk dress, but when coupled with the right accessories it can denote social status among the Yucatecans.
And there are other types of Yucatan crafts such as leatherwork, wood and rattan pieces. The best places to acquire these goods are at the Municipal Market and Casa de Artesanias Municipal, where the prices are fair and and the quality is excellent.