Mexico Women in Traditional Garb Honor Saint


Mexico, Americas

Women from each of the neighborhoods in the city of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, bring offerings of bread, sugar and fruit to the altar of San Sebastián. The women wear blouses stitched by hand using the "contado" technique, a traditional style of cross-stitch embroidery for Chiapaneca clothing, a style that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each year, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, the figure of San Sebastián, a martyr who is one of the city's patron saints, is moved to a different home, where the altar of offerings is placed.

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