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Jun 30, 2012 - Weavings, Orchids, Jewels

A short bus ride away from Cuenca are three very interesting towns, Bulcay, Gualaceo, and Chordeleg. In the first we visited Maria Ulloa, a celebrity in the world of Ikat weaving of Ecuador. This tye-dyed yarn process is done with natural dyes then woven into shawls, ponchos, and table runners on a backstrap loom. Shortly before Gualaceo we stopped at Ecuagenera, the orchid propogation facility. Finally, after a delicious $2 lunch of roasted pork sliced hot off the pig in the city market of Gualaceo and a walk around the outdoor produce...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Road Trip With Desmond

Desmond, Dennis, and Marty Col-Wells went to Chordeleg with me today. We usually visit Chordeleg to visit the fifty or more jewelry stores. Desmond and I, however, found other things to look at including a cow's hoof flask and a drum. His dad's were none too happy when we settled on a drum with Sponge Bob painted on it. He played it all day until we came to a riverfront playground in the next town, Gualaceo. Finally, we stopped at a carnival near the bus terminal. Desmond tried the bumper cars a few times while his dads and I had a cold...

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Aug 22, 2010 - Chordeleg and Gualaceo

Sandy and Dan and I started out early this morning by bus to visit Chordeleg today. This town, less than 15 miles from Cuenca, is known for their jewelry shops. Every location around the plaza was a jewelry store selling both silver and gold. Next we took a taxi to Bullcay to see the ikat weavers. Ikat is a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye using all natural colors. We saw indigo, flowers and crushed beetles used to dye the cotton, wool, and silk. The technique is done in Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Central and South...

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May 10, 2009 - Cuenca: Sunday markets in Gualaeco and Chordeleg

Sundays are market days in the nearby villages and since everything is closed in Cuenca otherwise, we headed out on our own. You can get a 60 cent bus from the Terminal Terrestre that runs every 15 minutes or so and takes an hour through some nice scenery to get there. Once there, we headed to the two main markets- an indoor one where they were mostly selling fruits, veggies and prepared food. They were cooking cuy over ashy coals just outside (that's guinea pig folks) as well as chicken and preparing different stews and local specialties...

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