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THE MISSION OF OTAVALITO 

The mission of Otavalito embraces working directly with indigenous Ecuadoran artisans to insure fair prices for products, provide ongoing product development, promote sales and foster education and work projects in the greater Otavalo community.

Artisans who supply Otavalito are from rural agricultural communities in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador, where families have lived for thousands of years. Income from handiwork is the major and often only source of income, providing for basic necessities, preserving traditional arts.

Following centuries of repression by Spanish conquistadors, weavers once enslaved by foreigners in sweatshops have in recent decades accomplished a significant degree of independence and growing success as well as maintained a strong cultural identity. These indigenous producers, working out of their homes and through collectives, are some of the most accomplished in Ecuador. 

Products are priced to meet fair-trade standards and then shipped and sold internationally. The weavers and knitters that work with Otavalito are from the region surrounding the town of Otavalo, where families own small parcels of land. Their craft associations include the Quichua Women’s Weaving Association of Imbabura in Illuman.

Otavalito is a member of the Fair Trade Federation & Co-op America's Green Business Network.

For more information on programs of music or craft sales, contact Robin Tinholt at (616) 857-7199, or come visit the "Otavalito" store in downtown Saugatuck, MI, on 423 Water St. You may also contact Otavalito by email "info@otavalito.com"

 
   U.S. church members volunteer building skills
 
   Spinning sheep's wool

  Weaving from Illuman

 

  A proud weaver

 

  Organic gardening project

 

  local students

 
 
 
 
Otavalito
421 Water Street in Saugatuck, Michigan [across from gazebo]
(269) 857-7199
e-mail us  info@otavalito.com

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