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As others have said, it is worth stopping here if you are in the area just to see it. The quality... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert H
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Cleveland, Ohio
Go to see a demonstration of the Ikat weaving technique.

Ikat is a method of weaving that uses a resist dying process similar to tie-dye on the fibers. The... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2019
CatharineB
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Ottawa, Canada
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Sector San Pedro de los Olivos Km 10 1/2 Via Gualaceo, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others have said, it is worth stopping here if you are in the area just to see it. The quality of goods is high but so are the prices.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Robert H
Reviewed April 21, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 26, 2019

Small family run weaving business where the husband Jose Jimenez and his wife Ana demonstrated their craft from start to finish. Explaining how the yarns were died using the tradional methods followed by Jose at the back loom. The fascinating knotting that Ana finished off...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

It is a gorgeous place to see how the tradicional Macanas with the ikat stile are made, from the pure wool until the last step to obtain a fabulous peace of art, a place you can't skip in your Cuenca-Gualaceo visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

I visited this site on December 27, 2017. The weaving demonstration was wonderful. The items on sale were beautiful. I bought a pair of gloves for my wife and she liked them.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this stop on my way to Gualaceo. The workshop demonstrated the various processes required to make a traditional shawl. They had one on display from three generations back that was extraordinarily beautiful but most of them were. Watching her make the fringe...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 28, 2017

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...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

My wife especially had a great time as the first stop on a day trip through Gualaceo, Chorteleg and St. Bartholome. The proprietor is a master artisan. We watched her son work the old hand weaving machine, then she did the intricate knot tying at...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed August 10, 2016

The owners explain the process very well. I particularly enjoyed how they make my favorite color... Red... From insects!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Lucie P
Reviewed July 26, 2016

I loved seeing their work and how it is made. It is so different than the mass produced products we are used to. A great place to buy a real souvenir from Ecuador. My daughter was more interested in their cage of guinea pigs out...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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