Bochil, Chiapas a Tzotzil village.
Web gallery by Bob Freund
with particiaption of Karen Elwell and Tom Aleto, Narratives by Karen Elwell 9/2005


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In January 1993, we stopped in the Tzotzil town of Bochil to have a Coke after the long, winding drive up to the highlands from Tabasco. We can’t recall what type of traje people were wearing in Bochil. Bob has two huipils or blouses which may be from Bochil. We are certain that the white blouse with the colorful, vertical flowers that are embroidered on a background of red is from Bochil. This is because we have seen this blouse hanging on a wall at Sna Jolobil "the famed weaving coop in San Cristobal " underneath a big sign that says "Bochil." The other blouse, which has two large embroidered diamonds, may also be from Bochil, but we do not know for sure.

Note - The diamond design on the first blouse has been shown to a number of Chiapas textile vendors who have identified it as from Bochil. This is not a positive field identification but helps me feel that the identification is correct. The diamond pattern is also shown in "A millenium of Weaving in chiapas" by Walter Morris pae 46.