Artists in San Juan paint the communities’ customs. Therefore, we can say that the paintings of San Juan are a descriptive testimony of Tz’utujil life. Usually, the artist is self-taught and has not received official training in painting. People and objects are presented on different levels, and there is no symmetry between the two elements. This disproportion is common in the paintings.


Discover how various groups of women have kept alive the process of dying yarns using native plants. Visitors can learn how the dyes are extracted and used to create beautiful textiles. In addition, visitors can experience the delicate woven pieces made from reused fabric yarns. Through both of these unique styles of textiles, visitors can become more aware of Tz’utujil traditions. All these products are made on either the backstrap loom, called telar de cintura, or standing loom, called telar de pie.

Open Air Museum

In order to commemorate the daily activities, customs, ceremonies, and deeply rooted traditions of the people of San Juan La Laguna, a group of painters has painted more than 30 murals throughout San Juan. They created an invaluable series of works, which have made the streets of San Juan La Laguna into an open-air art gallery. Walk around town to find them all.

The most recent works can be explained in a tour of 13 murals, each made with Maya worldview themes to celebrate Oxlajuj Baktun. The Oxlajuj Baktun was a special day in the Mayan calendar that occurred on 21 December 2012. It marked the change in the 5200 year Mayan calendar.

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