and Sucre (con't)
Fri Oct 25, 2002 2:46 pm
It amazes me that Bolivia, one of the poorest South American nations, has
some of the best museums. The textile museum houses antique and modern works
of weaving by indigenous cultures. The museum runs a program which uses
master weavers to train new generations of weavers and which sells the weavings
to the public. The museum has some of the most intricate weavings I could
possibly imagine. I have no idea how the indians manage to make them, they
are so complicated. I couldn´t even figure it out after watching one
of the women at work on her loom.
The museum goes on in detail about the pictures and themes woven into the
textiles. There are scenes that depict daily life, and there are fantastical
scenes that include Supay, the god of the underworld.
There is also a section which depicts some of the offerings given to Pachamama
and to Supay. They both included llama fetuses and small dishes filled with
fake food and other offerings.
We still have to go see the dinosaur tracks and the catacombs here in Sucre.
Other than that, we are chilling and enjoying the nice, 70-75 degree weather.
From here, it´s on to Cochabamba and from there to Lima.
Hasta Pronto, amigos,
Alison and Patty