Textiles and ceramics

Today we’re exploring some arts and crafts connections. We first visit the Jimenez family home and workshop near the town of Gualaceo. The family are well-known for their IKAT weaving based on a tie-dye technique where threads are coloured before weaving an intricate pattern using a back strap loom. Plants and minerals found in the garden or collected nearby create the colours used to dye the wool and silk. Some finished goods are available for purchase and needless to say, our guests are enthusiastic buyers!

Heading back to Cuenca we visit Eduardo Vega's ceramics gallery. Mr Vega is a world-renowned ceramics artist and we are fortunate to find both him and his son at his studio. There is a wonderful display of work and numerous items (big and small) for sale. Once again, our guests contribute significantly to the GDP of Cuenca!

From the Vega Gallery we walk a few yards up to Turi Hill to enjoy a wonderful view over the city of Cuenca. The sun is shining and the city looks magnificent.