San Antonio Aguas Calientes Things to Do
IXEL Women's Weaving Cooperative
Check out http://www.ixelcop.com - this is a group of women who have banded together in a cooperative so that they could stay home with their kids. They are delightful women - they offer weavings, weaving lessons, and cultural presentations to individuals and/or groups. Definitely worth a stop!
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- Arts and Culture
Located on the second floor of the Mercado de Artesanias, this small museum will give the visitor some background information on the craft of making indigenous clothes, or traje including the beautiful women's blouses, or %huipils. Interestingly the design woven onto a huipil is usally indicative of where the woman is from. This is explained in the museum by static models showing the huipil, corte (skirt), and other garments and identifying their place of origin. There is no entrance fee to the museum so definitely check it out.
The main plaza in the center of town is small but is pretty with lush and well-manicured trees, a fountain with a nice centerpiece sculpture, and a set of public laundry sinks. It was basically deserted during our visit but we were there in the middle of the afternoon. Stalls were set up for that evening's Corpus Christi festival.
San Antonio Aguas Calientes Shopping
Mercado de Artesanias: Get your textiles here!
This craft market takes up two stories and has a nice collection of vendor stalls with a wide variety of beautifully-made Mayan woven goods. You can find tablecloths, pillow cases, blankets, huipils, placemats, you name it. They also have demonstatrations of back strap loom weaving. Be sure to shop around, bargain hard, and don't miss the traje museum on the second floor.
What to buy: Locally made textile crafts
What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain!
San Antonio Aguas Calientes Local Customs
The public laundry sinks that are present in the main plazas in Guatemala villages around Antigua are a perfect glimpse into the lives of the locals. There are certain times when women will come to do their laundry and they basically use the time to socialize and catch up on the day's news and gossip. We found it fascinating to watch and the women didn't seem to mind our presence.
The sinks are located on the west end of the Parque Central in the center of town.