When shopping for crafts in Mexico, don't miss Mérida, where you can buy traditional hand-embroidered costumes. Huipiles, still worn by women today, are striking embroidered tunic blouses. The top and bottom edges of the huipil are hand embroidered with figures in single and double cross stitch. These embroidered flowers, fruits, and birds represent the history of creation and, according to their creators, protect the wearer from negative energies.
Mérida is also the best place to find a guayabera, the traditional Caribbean men’s dress shirt. The designs are unique and include not only the classic white guayabera but other colors such as black, purple, and pink.
There is a wide selection of rustic furniture. Locally made hammocks and other woven items are available, as well as household items such as pitchers, jugs, pots, and delightful toys made from cane in the shape of animals.