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In Progreso at Mayan Ruins

February 2, 2010

Mayan Ruins, Progreso, palm hat

Mayan native weaves hat from palm leaves

While our cruise ship was at port in Progreso we did a  tour where we drove a Rhino (mini jeep) thru the Mayan frontier to the Xcambo Mayan Ruins that date back to 350 BC.  While there we watched a local weave palm leaves into a hat. This whole process took about 5 minutes. A fascinating process to watch. The craft has been handed down from generation to generation. Over time the leaves dry and turn a tan color but while the leaves are green the moisture from the leaves are very cooling to the head. The one we purchased also had a large grasshopper or katydid on top if it also made of a bamboo leaf. Everywhere we wore it people were making comments about the bug on top.

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