Every Saturday the Otavalo Market in Plaza de los Ponchos swells in size to include peripheral streets, all crammed with small stalls featuring among other things – silver jewellery, painted wooden figures, brightly coloured blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves and socks made from alpaca wool (so soft and light), leather belts, fake shrunken heads, woven bags and evocative paintings of Ecuadorian scenes. Read more
Posts tagged ‘wool’
I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is started on the loom, it is continued until it is complete.
Eulalia lives in Teotitlán del Valle, a community known for their traditionally designed and intricately woven wool tapetes. Even if weaving is not the primary family business, you can be sure there are looms in the household, and the family members will work together in the evenings, companionably weaving side by side on separate looms. Read more
Is bargaining really ‘fair‘? It’s a fine line when you are travelling – how do you know you are not just being charged tourist prices? And when is it OK to bargain?
When I arrived in Oaxaca, not knowing the correct prices for things – and nothing is marked – I overpaid a few times for simple items. On a rare occasion when I asked a vendor “¿cuánto cuesta?” with produce in hand and a winning smile I could tell I was about to get an inflated price due to a sudden gleam in a seller’s eyes. Read more