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Jipi Hatmakers of Becal, Campeche

 

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Artisans in the town of Becal, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula weave these famous jipi hats. This is an art that has been practiced, in the case of some families, for generations. Many families in this small town have underground caves in their backyards which are used for weaving. This helps to keep the jipi plant cool and moist, making it easier to manipulate. This woman wove several hours a day for a few days a week. Her other work included plant prep, dyeing, and finish work. The family had a street front store in front of the house.

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