Bécal is one of the villages where the local craftsman offers his products: the beautiful and famous Jipi hats. If you want to wear a good hat, this is your detour on the road to Campeche.


Bécal is a town of Campeche with the soul of artisans where we can buy and see the elaboration of Jipi hats, a tradition of years. The basketry, the art of weaving vegetable fibers generally by hand, was part of the Mayan civilization, making baskets and baskets, useful products in the day to day of the Maya. This art has been redirected in history, until the Jipi hats.

The basketry has been practiced for centuries in these lands, making products with different materials, depending on what grows in the area. In the epoch of the splendor of Haciendas, at the beginning of the 1800 years, the palm of jipijapa, along with henequen, in some haciendas of the state of Campeche.

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Bécal and the jipi hat

With the arrival of the Spanish colonizer, the hat It is implanted in the local clothing. The chronicles place the first Jipi hat in the year of 1872. Surely the Panamanian hat is more familiar to you, right? Well, this is the same hat, only here it is known by this name. Currently, artisan hats Bécal, are so important in the local economy, that the main statue of the population is that, a hat. In the village of Bécal you find other products made from this plant palm of jipijapa and of the huano, like shoes, purses, bags or earrings.

In 1930 the foundation of the “Hats Becaleños del Norte” cooperative took place, the first cooperative that locally promoted the Jipi hat, after the disappearance of the Haciendas. Many years have been organized in cooperatives in Bécal, a very common form of association in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Hat processing process
from Jipi

Throughout the entire main street of Bécal find different families selling their products. The interesting thing is that they teach you the product development process, something that can be seen in the same inner courtyard of the family home. This makes the visit and purchases of these crafts, an enriching and curious experience. I really liked visiting the place, it made me interesting.

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Part of the process is in a cave, so that the sun does not shine
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Buy jipi hats

El processing process that the artisan families teach you in their own homes, I leave it for you to live it live. Hats range from 300 Mexican pesos to 3000 pesos, depending on their quality.

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The material and the technique used to make them allow you to screw a hat as if it were a ball and to recover its shape without a single wrinkle. These hats are a chulada. Bécal It is a place to take off your hat and leave with a new position.

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Bécal, towns

LOCATION: Bécal It is located at 96 km Campeche (1h15 "). Highway via Campeche-Mérida.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Transportation arrives until Bécal from Campeche, from the bus terminal ADO. They also arrive collective.
HOW TO VISIT BÉCAL? You can walk the town walking or tricitaxis, which take you to the craft houses. The main street is full family houses that are dedicated to the sale. With them you can see the elaboration process. You can visit it in the same day from Campeche.
ACCOMMODATION: you find simple accommodation in Bécal.

Good way,

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