|Handmade leather goods at Manos Nativas on Calle Jaen|
I really miss crafting. Everywhere I go in Bolivia I see women crocheting or knitting; their skills are amazing. Who wouldn’t be inspired by their talent and creativity? It makes me miss doing something productive with my hands. Not to mention I have much more down time than I did while working. At times I wish I could be making jewelry–I am constantly finding inspiration and imagine working again to make chainmaille. Of course with the constant moving about and limited space–I am after all living out of a backpack (albeit a rather large one)–I did not think it would be the wisest choice to take up precious space with pliers and such, but how I miss it!
I am considering take up knitting while I am here just to give me something to do. Not to mention that this probably is one of the best places in the world to get yarn with all the alpacas and sheep roaming around. Tomorrow I am hoping to check out Aha Bolivia, an fair trade store in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia (where I currently am) that sells handmade products and, from what I can tell, yarn. Hopefully I will come back with some alpaca yarn and can start making something!
One of the things I loved best about La Paz, where we were a week ago, was we were staying right by this street selling alpaca products. Store after store of gorgeous alpaca sweaters, wraps, scarfs, headbands, you name it. My husband and I went a little overboard buying presents for family and friends. Really, this country is heaven for anyone who likes handmade products.
There is this really cute little cobble-stoned street that makes you feel like you are in Europe called Calle Jaen that is full of cafes, little stores of handmade products, and some wonderful museums. My two favorite stores were right next to each other and both sold jewelry and other products that were made by local artists. The first one in particular had the most amazing products, including handmade leather shoes and purses and jewelry made out of recycled silver cutlery. If you are ever in La Paz, I highly recommend you go to this store (called Manos Nativas–the woman working there was very nice and could explain the meaning behind the crafts, plus she is a resident artist herself).
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