I remember how I use to buy one of the hand embroidered dresses almost everytime we went to Cancun. When I first started buying them I'd pay about $15 for one. No more....those days are gone. This one was priced at $125 dollars.And this top was $45 dollars.
I do not think that there are any traditional village patterns or if there are I've never been able to figure it out. While the younger women in the villages dress in jeans most of the mothers are still wearing the colorfully embroidered white huipil or dress with a lace petticoat that shows around the bottom. I have never figured out how they keep these dresses spotless but I've never seen one that is dirty or has a stain on it.
These darling girls were in costume for a dance. This gives you some idea of the variety of embroidery types that you might encounter in the Yucatan.While I use to think that these dresses were a cottage industry, now I'm thinking that they have become a business and I bet that the women who make them by hand or by machine don't make much more than they ever did for their labor.