La Casa de la Makana
La Casa de la Makana
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Diane T
Maui, HI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
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 site to buy.
Written February 26, 2015
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Elizabeth S
Salinas, Ecuador156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
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 collection and the Makana shop. You can find beautiful shawls, scarfs, bags and shoes. Friendly family! A must visit place!
Written September 26, 2014
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michael c
Stockholm, Sweden1,081 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
to visit if you are interested in weaving. they will show you all steps of the process in their manufacturing.
Written October 15, 2020
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Linda L
Linda L
San Jose, Ca.29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
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
Written October 27, 2014
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jnkbdg
Jersey City, NJ821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
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 their goods right in the open space and offer explanations for everything - they're very nice. They showed us how the fabric and dyes all come from plants and natural resources. An article of clothing can take anywhere from a few days to a couple months! On the second floor, there is a small room with scarves, skirts, ponchos, etc. for purchase. Our guide had some of us model a few pieces. Do stop by the shop if you have the chance.
Written September 30, 2013
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Linette L
New York157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We decided to make an unscheduled stop here on the way back to Cuenca from Chordeleg - it' s just off the road, and easy to spot. At the door, there is a sign indicating the short tour is available for somewhere between $1-$5 (I don't remember the exact amount). However, they did not collect the money from us - perhaps because we made a purchase.

They were able to give us a demonstration without waiting. We had a short tour with an English speaking guide (a member of the family - I don't remember her name but she was very nice and informative!) who took us through the different steps of the weaving process. (I really liked learning about how to make the different dyes). All together, it was maybe 15 minutes for the demonstration.

Afterwards, we shopped around the store. There was no pressure to purchase anything, but the fabrics are gorgeous. The prices are perhaps a little high, but not outrageously so (about $25 for a scarf, $45 for a shawl).
Written August 22, 2019
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Ikat is a method of weaving that uses a resist dying process similar to tie-dye on the fibers. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design. Upon our arrival, we met with Doña Anita, who is the owner. 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. We watched her son work the old hand weaving machine, then she did the intricate knot tying at lightning speed.

It helped that we had an English speaking guide. Both Eva and I purchased a scarf - considering it takes 3 months to make a scarf, the $45 cost was unbelievably reasonable - especially with the beautiful and complex designs in the scarf's knotted fringe patterns.

The family works with fabrics in an artisanal way, rescuing and maintaining a legacy inherited from past generation. They have a small shop where you can find a wide variety of fabrics. We learned that only natural things from the environment are used to make virtually everything in the shop!

They made mostly colorful Makanas (quichua term) or shawls, made with a technique known as Ikat. This technique allows one to create colorful and colorful designs. It was interesting to observe how the colors are obtained from everyday elements such as leaves, flowers, fruits, insects, rocks.There are very interesting things all around the place, it's worth a stroll.
Written April 21, 2019
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SteDiaAZ
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
A magnificent little textile museum/shop, run by husband-and-wife team José Jiménez and Ana Maria Ulloa. They make textiles in the traditional Cañari manner, with all steps painstakingly done by hand. Ana introduced us to their spinning and dying stations; then we went upstairs to watch José at a backloom. Ana finished the pieces with intricate knotting. Pieces are made from sheep wool and cotton, using both natural and synthetic dyes. Considering the work that goes into making a piece, they are incredibly well priced ($45 for a cotton shawl, for example). Make certain you see some of their antique pieces, which are finely wrought and of museum quality. It's well worth supporting these traditional artisans! Ana showed us their chickens, guinea pigs, and tilapia, and when a bus wasn't forthcoming, she pressed her daughter into giving us a ride to our next stop.

We came here on a bus from Cuenca, then continued to Chordeleg before returning by bus the same day. Easily done if you have some Spanish. Please note that the shop is also called Casa Museo de la Makana. Facebook page is tejidosikat/ikat jimenez
Written November 28, 2017
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andfabu
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I loved this place. I loved learning about how these textiles are woven, the organic materials and dyes from food, insects and plants. It was amazing to hear and lean about how they embroidered certain patterns w/ the finger nails or how certain textiles take up to months to create. This indigenous speciality to to be respected, to be seen and supported!
Written July 25, 2016
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Visit DrunkPhotography.com
New York City, NY2,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
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 things from the environment to make virtually everything in the shop! That's beautiful. There are very interesting things all around the place, it's worth a stroll. I tried to buy a pair of sneakers that make there, but the sizes were too small. They looked like they were made in a converse shop, seriously! Mostly they have things for women, so if you want a really nice gift for a special gal, definitely pick up a few items. I've 'improved' the listing here, if you want to locate the place accurately, and also want to see the real site of the group.
Written January 19, 2016
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