Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Otavalo market - a study in handicrafts

Images of handicraft from the market in Otavalo, Ecuador. The creativity and color is everywhere, and even if a lot is marketed to tourists, there are still a lot of things that locals sell to locals.

There are of course a lot of cotton and wool weavings in the Andean tradition, but also wood tools for the kitchen, bead, coral, and horse hair jewelry, Indian dream catchers which I don't know if they are part of the Andean tradition or not, spices and dyes, pottery (including many copies of pre-Columbian pottery), and wooden boxes. The market is big, it covers one large square and many of the side streets. You can walk for hours here.

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