Posts made in February, 2014

Artesan Galleries in Peguche

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Artesan Galleries in Peguche

If you enjoy meeting artesans and seeing their work, take time to visit Peguche.  Peguche is home to some extraordinary weavers.  The previous post showed one woman artesan demonstrating  work on a back strap loom.  The featured image for this post shows the exterior of the building housing EL Gran Condor shop where she has her family weaving gallery and handicraft business.  It located facing the central plaza and main church of the village. Also bordering the square are the galleries of Jose Cotacachi with a workshop and small showroom behind the church as well as two gallery spaces.  One is across the street from El Gran Condor, and the other is down a dirt path  that leads to an immense space full of gorgeous wall hangings and sweaters.  I couldn’t resist buying one of the wall hangings as you can see from the image in the post. It is a joy to pay for such work and to encourage the artesans to keep it...

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Back Strap Loom Weaving Demo

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Back Strap Loom Weaving Demo

About a week ago a small group and I visited the village of Peguche, just a short distance for the town of Otavalo.  Peguche is home to some notable weavers.   At El Gran Condor artesan shop we were treated to a demonstration teaching us some of the processes that prepare the wool for working from carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving. The woman sitting at the back strap loom is a member of the family who owns the shop. Although the family use various types of looms, the back strap loom is the oldest type of loom they use. What I found particularly interesting was that the pattern she was weaving was very intricate and was perfectly created in reverse on the back side of the cloth.  She also showed us how the large standing look worked, but I found the back strap one most intriguing.  The cloth was a one of very fine design and she  was able to create a line at a time with very impressive speed for such a complicated design.  It is a privilege to see such work today and to meet the people who have kept these traditional arts alive for thousands of  years.  ...

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Eagle Soars at Condor Park

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Eagle Soars at Condor Park

An amazing demonstration of great birds in flight is in store for audiences at the Condor Park in Peguche, Ecuador, near Otavalo. The Park is a haven for injured and rehabilitated raptors and other bird species.  Twice daily there is an aerial show featuring hawks and eagles soar to great heights and distances from the stone amphitheatre and then return to the handler’s glove when called. Both Eagles and Condors are residents at the Condor Park.  Are you aware of the prophesy of the Eagle and the...

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Andean Condors and More

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Andean Condors and More

Not having grown up in South America, I was fascinated to see Andean Condors at the Condor Park habitat in Peguche, Ecuador. Andean Condors are rare birds.  Mating pairs only produce one chick every other year, so they are a precious species and need protection. At the Parque Condor the condors are not a part of the aerial show, but are visible in their own habitat near the amphitheatre. Other magnificent birds at the park include various species of owls, hawks, and eagles.  Many have been rescued and rehabilitated.  ...

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