The Maya and Zoque indigenous groups have created a mosaic of handicraft products that represent centuries of accumulated knowledge and customs.
Their work in amber stands out: combined with silver or gold it is used to create bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings.
Textiles are an art where Mayan symbols are to be seen. The craftswomen use waist looms in their design and production, and create items of clothing as prized as the huipil, which can take up to six months to create. Also of note are the hammocks, hand-woven items made from raw wool and embroidered items made on cotton looms, especially from San Juan Chamula and Tila.
This region also produces basketwork articles using cane, palm, reed and bejuco, including the following products: baskets, lampshades, hats, mats and decorative items.
Another type of handicraft with a long tradition in the area are the jícaras and jicalpextles of Chiapa de Corzo, which are lacquered items painted using the fingertips. For children and people who love to collect toys, the wooden carts, beds, furniture and boxes from Tejamanil are recommended, with their attractive colors and designs.
Also attractive are the masks and animal figures on sale in the craft stores in the central streets of Tuxtla.