Ecuador — Cuenca; Ikat weaving at La Casa de la Makana


La Casa de la Makana

Heading back to the west toward Cuenca our tour had one more stop to make. This nondescript-looking two-story adobe structure houses quite the little treasure. This is La Casa de la Makana. Inside you’ll find local artisans demonstrating dyeing wool, mostly alpaca, and mostly with natural dyeing agents ranging from the juice of berries to crushed insects.

La Casa de la Makana

Artisans both young and old then weave the dyed wools into scarves (makanas) and clothing.

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

While the main attraction here is the weaving arts, I also found the walls a source of much fun and fascination.

La Casa de la Makana

Being a firearm enthusiast, I was naturally drawn to these:

La Casa de la Makana

I think I may have found my very first camera, an old Kodak Instamatic:

La Casa de la Makana

On the second floor was a shop and museum, so you can definitely buy a souvenir or two before leaving. I’ll leave you today with just a few more images from La Casa de la Makana:

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

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