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Address: Cuenca, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593(0)7 305 2954
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All natural, hand-made work that is to be respected!

We went here and met with Doña Anita, who is the owner of La Casa De La Makana. Her work is world-renown, even Selma Hayek shops at her shop. She (and her employees) gave a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
New City, New York
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New City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here and met with Doña Anita, who is the owner of La Casa De La Makana. Her work is world-renown, even Selma Hayek shops at her shop. She (and her employees) gave a great presentation on how she makes all of her material, and what goes into making her work. I didn't know that she only uses natural... More 

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Everett, Washington
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Visited this family-owned workshop and business as part of a tour. Watched how thread is dyed with natural items...rock, plants, insects. Jose is one of only a few remaining artists who still do this type of hand-dying and weaving. This is their family home and workplace. Watched as he built beautiful, colorful, intricate patterns...one thread at a time! Watched a... More 

1 Thank Elaine C
Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We enjoyed our tour. It was great to see how the thread was prepared for the dyeing process using a wet plant fiber. The dye was created from various natural ingredients. Then we went upstairs and they demonstrated use of the weaving loom. The final step demonstrated was the elaborate knotting of the fringe. They had many lovely products on... More 

3 Thank Diane T
San Jose, Ca.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I've never seen something so made by hand-from the threads of material to the natural dying, weaving, by all members of the family . I want to sell them in the united States, particularly the Bufandas-,the scarves Linda

2 Thank LaurieLev
Cuenca, Ecuador
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Love love this place! Family owned, located outside about 45 minutes outside of Cuenca. Nice place to start your day trip visit to different towns such as Gualaceo, Paute, Chordeleg and Sigsig. You can see and learn the weaving process from organizing the yarns, to natural color dyes, the two old weaving machines - over 150 years old, antiques family... More 

3 Thank Elizabeth S
North Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We stopped on our one day tour around the area - and what a wonderful surprise we had by experiencing hands on how a family works together in creating scarfs, table clothes etc in the old fashion way of weaving, such humble and talented people -of course I could not resist in buying a handmade scarf -see the photos and... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stopped by this shop for a moment on our way to SigSig. It's amazing how talented these artisans are and very warming that the family has chosen to keep these techniques alive. I'm [still] amazed by the construction of some of the machines used to create the fabric, and even more amazed at the weaving process. The workers craft... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Quaint little stop on the way into town - watch weaving before your eyes, watch them make their dyes from natural products - even stones give off a dye which is beautiful. Products for sale on-site - my wife has never left empty handed.

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