Buying handicrafts: how to get unique items for a fair price?

No trip to Otavalo is complete without visiting a traditional handicrafts workshop in one of the surrounding villages. Nowadays, most of the stuff sold at the famous handicrafts market in Otavalo is made in factories or imported from other countries. So sometimes it can be really difficult to find a truly unique souvenir. Chances are much higher in the countryside, where many people still practice the traditional arts of weaving, woodcarving, and embroidery. Not only can you buy some handmade and really unique handicrafts, you also learn about the single processes, hard work and craftsmanship it takes to make them. In addition, by buying directly from the producers you help that they get a fair price for their works and that their skills are passed on to the next generation.

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