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You must be asking yourselves why I would I even consider writing about such a small town. Well, first let me tell you that this is no ordinary pueblo (town), it’s Yucatan’s main stone and wood carving town.
Your first impression upon arriving in Dzitya Yucatan will be of another hot and dusty village, all you would see is small stone and mortar (mamposteria) houses with signs on the walls and a display of samples of their work in front of their house, letting you know that they are artisans and that they work with stone, wood or both.
If you keep going and make a few turns, you will arrive at the main square, where you will see a quaint tiny church, a small park with some trees and benches and a not too small, empty main square with more traditional mamposteria (brick and mortar) homes and stores around it.
These are small businesses, where you will find entire families busy working the stone and wood. You can look around and get the best price.
They will show you a homemade catalog full of pictures of the work they have done in the past
Any wood and stone worker in Dzitya Yucatan is capable of developing any design from a drawing or a photo, and they have plenty of samples of their work to show you their skill and techniques.
The wood used for their handcrafts are mahogany, cedar, huayacán and chucum.
Surprisingly the various types of stone used in their works are actually not from Dzitya.
They come from the quarries (canteras) of nearby towns such as Ticul (tee- KOOL) and Oxkintok (ohsh - keen - TOHK).
Artisans work with three basic kinds of stone available, all of which are limestone that is found locally; the softest kind of limestone is called Conchuela, it looks like marble and is used for sculptures, table bases, decorative columns and ornamental wall molding.
Another white limestone is called Macedonia and it is denser and harder, it has the same uses as Conchuela, but it is also used in bathrooms and kitchens.
The third stone is called Ticul, after the town where it is found. The color of this stone is reddish, and can also be used in wet areas as bathroom and kitchen tubs and sinks.
Stone carving is one skill that is highly treasured and appreciated by both the local Yucatecans and the foreign visitors and expats living in Yucatan, who have actually used the services of these people when remodeling their homes.
Every year in late July and early August, Dzitya hosts the Tunich (Mayan term for Cave, it literally means House of Stone) Handcraft Fair. Over 155 vendors and craftsmen from different towns and communities in Yucatan, set up their booths to display and exhibit their handmade products+ (woodwork, stonework, wickerwork, embroidery, saddle making etc).
Try the delicious Yucatecan Mayan food that is being sold during the event
There are different artistic programs and fashion shows as well as entertainment for the kids. FREE
Roundtrip transportation from different points in Merida is provided – FREE
Parking costs $ 10.00 mexican pesos per day
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