horse and carriage trammelled cobblestones, lead us through a door in the wall. Before we pass, into the garden, we are reminded to consider its dynamic opposite.
The people of Otavalo are famous for their sweetness, although I will say, you pass houses with bars on the windows, with walls and gates. We were firmly instructed to hold on to our wallets, but for once in my life, I had no trouble.
Every inch of arable space is feverishly cultivated by the indigenous population. When I tell you these hillsides are steep, I am not kidding. We walked along the brittle edge of the caldera on the right hand side. I had to sit down and make contact with the earth to orient myself.
I collided with the fiesta! How adorable are these girls? I missed photographing the attentive nuns coaxing them through their performance.
Ramelle and Michael Pulitzer, our hosts at New View Tours, introduced us to Miguel Andrango the master traditional weaver
The local flora and some fauna, provide the natural dyes for the hand carded and spun wool.
Miguel spins on the walking loom, made by his father.
The maestro at his craft
Miguel and his daughter Luz Maria stand in front of the beautiful woven textile I purchased. I am humbled by the painstaking dedication to the process of their traditional art. It takes two months to wash, card, spin, dye and weave this remnant of the past. Our small group was touched by their kindness and patience, describing this dying art.
More lost arts can be found in the workshops of San Antonio de Ibarra.
The upscale Galeria Latina, in Quito, has an astonishing array of the Andean crafts. I lust for a collection of these bad boys!
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