Ecuadorian art. Each piece of art is a reflection of the artist’s creative vision.
Ecuadorians acquired their artistic aptitude from the generations before. Known for their creativity, the aboriginal people of Ecuador are noted for their intricate and traditional handcrafts. The artists do not tend to differentiate fine arts from modest artistry.
Weaving, painting, and carving are some popular methods concomitant to Ecuadorian art. Around the 16th century, explorers from Spain arrived in Ecuador and encouraged the natives, who were already wearing head gears made out of straws, to make Spanish-inspired hats. Over a period of time, the locals developed their own artistic version of the hat.
Additionally, Ecuadorian art depicts an effervescent of colors and shapes.
The “Panama hat”, originally made in Ecuador, for generations, finally made its way to Panama. Here, it became popular and the style of hat adopted the name of that country. Eventually, other Central and South American countries began trading the hat. During the making process, the leaves from the Carludovica palmate tree (of the palm family) is woven to make the hat and bags. This natural fiber is ideal due to its strong, sturdy, light weight, and beautiful fortitude. The creation of bead figures and dolls, and traditional Andean dress pins are also rudiments of Ecuadorian art.
The intricacy that goes into Ecuadorian wood carving and leather canvas paintings is awe-inspiring. Historically, every piece was a decorative work of art and exclusively used to furnished churches and elite châteaux. Today, San Antonio de Ibarra is the place to see some contemporary and culturally inspired wood crafts.
Largely, authentic Ecuadorian art are sold by the artisans themselves. The group ply their products in craft markets, including those in Otavalo and Salcedo. In many cases, there is a story behind every piece of item and the purchaser, by speaking with the artist, can gain so much more insight as it relates their meaning and significance.
Article by: Tiffany Huggins, L’ EcoResorts