People meet and sweet music ensues, or so the saying goes. In our case, it became more than that. After visiting the village of Otavalo in Ecuador, where we and our three daughters were spellbound by the beautiful textiles made by the local Otavaleños, we decided to found our company Ecuadane.
The Everywhere Blanket comes from the Ecuadorian town of Otavalo, a place of rich history and tradition, where centuries-old artisan practices continue to thrive.
The indigenous Otavaleño people, who make up approximately 50% of the town’s population, have been weavers since pre-Incan times and they have generations of experience; seeking perfection in every detail of the products they produce. Taught from a very young age to weave and to spin yarn, these people make hand made items to support their families. Thus, on any given morning in the town square, Plaza de los Ponchos is a rainbow of textiles, illuminating the largest and finest craft market in South America.
We discovered the Everywhere Blanket in Otavalo while on an adventure to the 4,630m-high Imbabura Volcano, a journey that traverses the equator into the southern hemisphere. We were drawn to the blanket as it stood out from the other magnificent textiles in the marketplace because we could immediately see something special in the details; a higher level of artisanship and quality.
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