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Cuenca Shopping - Shopping Cuenca - Ecuador

Are you a shopper? Great news! Cuenca is known for handicrafts. The most famous Cuenca handicraft is the Panama hat, which is, of course, made in Ecuador and not Panama. The hats are handwoven out of a special sort of straw–paja toquilla–which is native to the region. Many families and individuals weave Panama hats as a full-time job or as a way to make extra money. A simple Panama hat can be woven in about two days and might fetch five to 10 dollars for the weaver, whereas a finely woven one can take weeks and can cost up to $500. Your best bet to see Panama hat makers at work is to go to the Homero Ortega factory or Barranco's factory in Cuenca, or the town of Sigsig.

Cuenca is also known for pottery and ceramics. Check out the Vega gallery near the Turi overlook, or browse the shops near the center of town. If you’re more a fan of textiles, arrange a tour to the town of Bulcay, where you can see the last of the ikat weavers. Silver is also worked in Chordeleg where you can’t miss all the jewelry stores.

Cuenca, Ecuador


El Surtido Almacen de Musica, Barranco's Panama Hat Factory/Museum, Tatoo Adventure Gear, Plaza Rotary, Carolina Bookstore, Libri Mundi, Centro Municipal Artesanal/Casa de la Mujer and Mercado 10 de Agosto.

15 Jan 2013

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