Textile creation in Ecuador

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Early colonial weaving
Early colonial weaving

Our handicrafts are not only beautiful and unusual, but they also tell a story of success for the people of Otavalo. (Debbie cannot resist explaining this because, after all, she has a degree in Latin American History. 🙂 )

The Spaniards forced many native Ecuadorians to work in “obrajes”, a colonial version of a textiles sweatshop. According to historians,  they were paid the equivalent of $5 per month, were whipped frequently and suffered other inhumane treatment. The wool and cotton fabric they produced was used by Spaniards all over their empire for hundreds of years.

After Independence from Spain, the Ecuadorian people were able to use the skills they had acquired in this industry for their own benefit. They now own all the means of production.  Some continue to carry on traditional methods, such as “backstrap weaving.”

traditional loom
traditional loom – hammock

Others have modernized and use computerized looms.

When you purchase an item from Los Andes Shop, you are supporting the small business textile artisans of Otavalo – we buy from them directly, and have been working with several for over 15 years.

Debbie & don Jose, ca. 2011
Debbie & don Jose, ca. 2011

 

 

Gloves/hats

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Visit us and check our wide variety of gloves and hats of alpaca wool for the whole family.

When you use a hat or gloves, you are expecting protection from the cold.  With our craftsmanship you don’t have to worry, this material offers a better regulation of corporal temperature, keeping you fresh in summer and warm in winter, without using an excessive amount of garments, and since it is lighter, you will always be more comfortable.

Couch Throws

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Protect your furniture with a pretty blanket, which will not only protect your sofá from wear or dust, but also to enhance its esthetic.  Know all about our offer of blankets for sofás, that we have for you at Los Andes Shop.

Couch Throws. 78” x 45” All are alpaca-acrylic blend.  Care instructions for all:  Machine wash, cold, delicate cycle.  Line dry.  

Mt Hood w/skier

  • Green
  • Bold blue
  • Charcoal  
  • Red
  • Chocolate brown  

Oregon bear

  • Magenta/red  
  • Rainbow
  • Green brown  
  • Blue orange  
  • Brown/rust/turquoise
  • Browns  

Oregon outdoors

  • Green 
  • Blue 
  • Charcoal
  • Red 
  • Chocolate brown 

Ponchos / jackets

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Come out without fearing the cold with the ponchos and jackets of hand knitted alpaca wool.

Alpaca wool is fresh in summer and warm in winter, so it can be used throughout the year.  Visit us in Pier 11, Astoria, Oregon, where you will find the most original  patterns and color combinations.  All our garments have been hand made by the artisans of Otavalo, Ecuador.

Blankets

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Bed linen hand knitted by the master artisans of the high Ecuadorian Andes, with beautiful patterns and colors, so that the cold stays outside.

An alpaca wool blankets is perfect for several reasons: it protects you from the cold without using too many, one over the other; is more resistant than other fibers so it will last longer; alpaca wool hardly stains, so your quilt will remain clean for more time.

Blankets – ALL ARE QUEEN SIZED (approx. 80” wide x 90” long), alpaca-acrylic blend.  Care instructions for all:  Machine wash, cold, delicate cycle.  Line dry.  

Native print – traditional Incan pattern

  • Blue  
  • Magenta  
  • Rust/turquoise  
  • Brown tones  
  • Navy/black/gray  

Native print – diamond

  • Black/clay  
  • Earth tones  
  • Black/cream  

Oregon blankets

  • Mt Hood w/skier
  • Green  
  • Chocolate brown  
  • Red  
  • Charcoal  
  • Royal blue  
  • Light gray  
  • Raisin  
  • Oregon outdoors
  • Green  
  • Chocolate brown  
  • Red
  • Charcoal
  • Oregon bear
  • Green
  • Blue
  •  Red w/gold stripe 

Children´s /babies´clothing

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Artisanal clothing for babies and children, in all sizes and styles.

You can find us in Pier 11, Astoria, Oregon, where you can find a wide selection of garments hand made of alpaca wool for the baby or child.  Alpaca wool helps regulate corporal heat, so it can be worn during any season without any trouble at all. Come see us, we are waiting!!

Sweaters

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Friends wearing alpaca-acrylic blend sweaters with llama figures

Come and see our ample variety of alpaca wool sweaters, all sizes, styles and colors, for every member of the family.

Alpaca wool is warmer than other fibers, such as sheep wool, which is why it is ideal for the manufacture of sweaters and coats, it keeps corporal heat and counteracts the severity of the cold.  Visit us soon!