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Mayan handcrafts at Dzitya near Mérida
Mayan handcrafts at Dzitya near Mérida
Dzitya is a small artisan Mayan town in the Yucatán where the visitors can’t leave with buying some of the beautiful handcrafts that are made there. This community is ten minutes from Mérida. The first time you arrive, you will notice that most of the population are craftsmen. The entrance to almost every house is adorned with wooden or limestone figures made by experienced hands offered for sale. Figurines of regional fruits and animals, vases, plates, candelabrums and tortilla holders are the most popular wooden figures; you can also see big sculptures made of a local stone called “cantera”. Crafted typically from local hardwoods such as huayacán and chucum and sometimes cedar and mahogany, these pieces beautifully express the local craftsmanship of the region. Once in the year in August, the city council organizes a hand craft exhibition where everyone brings their best pieces to show and sell. The fair is so popular that is also attracts guests artisans from other states that come to showcase their work. You can go to Dzitya any day in the year and you will find a wide variety of handcraft pieces at very local prices. In downtown Mérida you will also find some of this handcraft for sale, but the prices will be higher and the assortment won’t be as varied.
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