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Tarabuco: Bolivian market

The last post left us just after the magnificent Carretera Austral and the Lago General Carrera lake in southern Chile / Argentina, so naturally we continue with... Bolivia?

We had a few other articles prepared, but this time we decided to try and write something  a bit more fresh and not with a several months delay. :) Just two days ago, we visited the beautiful market in Tarabuco.

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First, let me introduce Tarabuco - it's a small village, located in the hills just about 60km from the Bolivian capital Sucre, that comes alive every sunday for it's traditional market. The village is mostly populated with indigenous Yampara people - in 2013, they are officially recognized as autonomous indigenous community. Many people still wear their traditional clothes and come to sell their handcrafted clothing, weavings or fabrics to the market.

But enough talking and have a look at the goods from the market :)

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The colours are very vibrant, almost unreal. :)

The colours are very vibrant, almost unreal. :)

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Backpacks, fabrics, sheets, tablecloths, backpacks, clothing  - there's a bit of everything.

Backpacks, fabrics, sheets, tablecloths, backpacks, clothing  - there's a bit of everything.

The market is famous for traditional weavings (kind of embroidery, I am a bit lost in this matter). You can see them below - the white ones are traditional from Yampara, the comunity from Tarabuco; the red and black is from Jalq'a prople from Oropeza province.

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Look at that detailed work. These were handmade by the family of the seller.

Look at that detailed work. These were handmade by the family of the seller.

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And just look at those fabrics. We couldn't resist and bought a tablecloth.

And just look at those fabrics. We couldn't resist and bought a tablecloth.

Okay... and a hat and gloves.

Okay... and a hat and gloves.

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Just a few pictures of locals before we went to grab a lunch on the market :)

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Notice the hat from the last picture? It's a special hat for Yampara people, that they only wear on Sundays. It's also the last picture from this set, so enjoy the beautiful detailed work and see you next time. :)

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