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Aymara Women Spinning Wool Bolivian Altiplano

SKU: BOL6179

    Bolivian Cholita doll wearing an Aguayo spinning wool

    Bolivia has the largest indigenous population in South America with an estimated 60% of her population claiming indigenous descent. La Paz, has the most prominent indigenous culture is the Aymara.

     Bolivia’s cholitas, with their bowler hats and layered skirts, were once targets of discrimination. ... Cholita fashion is comprised of a colorful pleated skirt worn over layers of petticoats, an embroidered shawl held by a brooch, and a small bowler hat.

    For Quechua people, the act of weaving is both social and communal. The entire extended family gathers outside as the looms are unrolled, the weavings uncovered and work begins. For many hours during the dry season, the family members weave,

    joke and talk while also keeping an eye on children and animals.

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