The fabric is woven with 100% wool and dyed with natural dyes sourced from the earth. To create the vibrant colors for the bags, natural ingredients such as leaves, corn, flowers, sticks and seeds are hand-gathered to produce different hues for the dyes. Salt and lemon alter the shades of colors drastically. Even cochineal, a small beetle that lives on the local pear cactus, is crushed to create a red dye.
Explore the Craft Towns of Ecuador If you’re planning a trip to Ecuador, my advice is simple: Bring the biggest suitcase you can find…two if your airline will allow it. Get on the Andean Craft Trail in the Sierra region along the Avenue of the Volcanoes that cuts north to south through Ecuador. It is full of artisan treasures that you won’t be able to resist. We have a large collection of handmade items. Your support and purchase helps preserve the Inca tradition.