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Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Miguel Andrango and his family demonstrate the fascinating traditional yarn spinning and backstrap-loom weaving process for visitors. After the demonstration, visit their gallery where you can purchase beautiful weavings to remind you of your Ecuadorian experience. DIRECTIONS TO THE WORKSHOP: Option 1, from Cascada de Peguche: take the road from Cascada de Peguche (waterfall) to Lago San Pablo. At the top of the first hill, take a left toward Agato. At the first intersection (Agato's main street), turn left. The workshop is one and a half blocks down on the left. Option 2, from Quito: turn right at the Espejo stoplight. After you cross a bridge, take your first left toward Cascada de Peguche. At the top of the hill, turn right toward Agato. At the first intersection (Agato's main street), turn left. The workshop is one and a half blocks down on the left.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Met Miguel the owner and teacher of weaving and was given a full introduction to the art of weaving from wool processing to actual weaving. It is a small shop in the countryside and so worth the trip to see. The shop has items woven by various family menbers and is reasonably priced.

3  Thank arnica2014
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Reviewed November 16, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the charming master weaver Sr Andrago in his simple workshop. He patiently explained every stage of the weaving process from preparing the wool to producing the glorious textiles on hand looms. We came away with faces full of smiles and a gorgeous piece of traditional weaving which we will treasure. Well worth the short trip from Otavalo.

3  Thank lollymlg
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Others have described the the wonderful opportunity to meet Miguel and learn about his beautiful work. The bus from Otavalo to Agato runs about every 20 minutes (catch it outside of the terminal across the street for a quarter) goes right past his house and is a great ride that few tourists use..but make an appointment first. Our hour with this master was the highlight of a 2 week trip to a splendid vacation destination. Bring cash, lots, no plastic..you will be sorry if you don't.

3  Thank bneedell
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

A visit to Miguel Andrago's workshop is like a step back into time. Or rather several steps back into time. Miguel, who learned the art of backstrap loom weaving from his father years and years ago, creates exquisite art -- meticulously, by hand. He demonstrates the full gamut of the process from how he removes impurities from sheep and alpalca wool, spins it into thread, dyes it with original dye sources from nuts and insects, and then weaves the threads following the pattern he sees in his mind. We went with a guide after hearing from friends that this was a must stop in Otavalo. Don Miguel showed and explained (through our guide interpreter) the complete process. In the adjoining shop are items he and his family have produced. We fell in love with a wall hanging done entirely by Don Miguel and purchased it to treasure always. Having the art, photos and videos of the artist and the process, and the memories of meeting him combine for a treasured package and the best souvenir possible. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We visited The Workshop of Miguel Andrago through a recommendation from Maggie Reniers, the hotel proprietor of La Posada Del Quinde. She set up an appointment for our visit and arranged for a private taxi to take us there. Let me say that our visit with Miguel was one of our most fondest memories of Otavalo. He is such a charming man and his explanation/demonstration of the weaving technique that he uses (backstrap loom) was just overwhelming. We were just in awe to be in his prescience, as we too believe that he is a Living Legend of Ecuador. There was no charge for his demonstration/explanation and we were under no obligation to purchase any of his beautiful weavings. But to own one reminds me that we were there in his personal workshop. Thank you, Maggie, for suggesting our visit to Miguel and especially for making all of the arrangements.

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