Sna Jolobil

Arts & Crafts in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Next to the Templo de Santo Domingo, Sna Jolobil – Tzotzil for ‘Weaver’s House’ – exhibits and sells some of the very best huipiles (long, sleeveless tunics), blouses, skirts, rugs and other woven items, with prices ranging from a few dollars for small items to thousands for the best huipiles (the fruit of many months’ work).

A cooperative of 800 weavers from the Chiapas highlands, it was founded in the 1970s to foster the important indigenous art of backstrap-loom weaving, and has revived many half-forgotten techniques and designs.