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Henequen Yarn History

Henequen yarn, the green gold in pre-Hispanic times

Rutopía editorial team
Rutopía editorial team
1/15/2024
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Cultivated by the Mayas since pre-Hispanic times, henequen is a species of plant of the agave genus that was named green gold because of the great economic benefits it generated during its industrial boom.

Over the course of an hour, you will learn the technique of extracting the henequen fiber (called sizal, in Maya Kiij), which has been inherited by the ancestors and taught by the grandfather of the community, who has continued to share his knowledge of the process and daily use.

You will learn the importance of its cultural preservation and you will have the opportunity to practice the extraction of henequen yarn, as well as the process of collecting leaves, which are known as penca.

Undoubtedly, an authentic Mayan activity that has remained throughout the years and that you will not want to miss.

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