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Otavalo, Center of Ecuadorian Crafts

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Otavalo handicrafts

They tend to stick to the handicrafts section of the market, or the Poncho Plaza. This is where the majority of the tourist transactions take place.  It developed in the 1960's - 1970's and has proved to be very profitable for successful Otavaleno entrepreneurs.

Crafts that can be bought here are numerous- wool woven sweaters, ponchos, Panama hats (an Ecuadorian creation, despite it's name), hammocks, woven tapestries that depict scenes from the Ecuadorian countryside, purses

One unique aspect of the Indigenous peoples of Otavalo is that although they have very successfully entered a prosperous money economy, they have continued to maintain their Otavalo city, Market of Otavaloethnic identity. This identity is rich and deep, and many Otavaleños still speak their Quichua, their native language, and wear their traditional dress.

On top of that, Otavaleños have forged their own way, not relying on outside development organizations to help them turn their craft production into an successful economic business, jewelry, clothing, to name a few.

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