Ecuadorian craftsmanship, with its colorful designs and creative forms, reflects the natural beauty of landscapes, people, animals, even beliefs and myths, captured with great skill by artisans such as Maria Chiriapa, aged 65, and of Shuar origin.
She attends the Shuar cultural center Awainkir Akinma, Renacer, located next to the Orellana boardwalk, in a hut of pambil, bamboo cane, palm leaves and chonta with bark. This is what the Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities (AME) describes.
Upon entering you can appreciate the natural jewelry made by María Chiriapa, made from seeds and grains taken from the bowels of the jungle, according to the woman, which takes three to four hours, or sometimes all day, to turn mullos, bombolinas, tree seeds, in beautiful and colorful earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
At the Shuar Awainkir Akinma Renacer center, crafts cost between $ 1 and $ 30. Tourists can appreciate ornaments, typical costumes, figures of flora and fauna, birds, fish, flowers, necklaces, earrings, handles, handbags, hammocks, sigras , bracelets, crowns, bags, spears, arrows, belts, etc.
“I usually take a souvenir from every city or place I visit in my tour of Ecuador,” says Carlos Chávez after buying a set of earrings and a necklace for $ 15 for his wife, Carmen Soriano.
María Chiriapa says she expects from the authorities a better promotion of the city of Francisco de Orellana because, according to her, since the departure of oil companies, the flow of tourists has declined and the economy of artisans has been affected by the scarce presence of visitors. (I)