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Creator
Margery H. Freeman
Date created
1991
Location
Otavalo, Ecuador
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Traditional clothing in Otavalo, Ecuador

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A man wearing traditional Andean garb walks through an open-air market. He is wearing a blue woolen poncho and a felt fedora hat. Behind him sacks of produce are for sale in a market stall.

Otavalo is in the highlands of Ecuador, between the rainforest and the coast. Many of the inhabitants of the area continue to practice traditional ways of life, including retaining their Quechua language, wearing traditional garments, and practicing age-old occupations. Otavalo in particular is known for its highly-skilled weavers. In a tradition that pre-dates the arrival of the Incas, Otavalo weavers are famous for their wool ponchos, blankets, and wall coverings. These products and more can be found in Otavalo’s large market.