14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Luz Maria putting the grass on her donkey
Luz Maria lives in Mangiua village, barocia of Salasaca, Ecuador. Like true woman of Salasaca, she wears traditional clothes and whenever her hands are free from other work, she spins wool, making yarn for the traditional textile and tapestry. Tapestry and cloth for ponchos, skirts and scarfs are made by men who work at home using archaic loom. While men stay at home, women take care of the family and animals. Every day a lot of women of Salasaca go down to the river, where they cut grass called ‘picuyo’ on the steep slopes of the river. Then they put those huge bundles of grass, each of which weights around 40-45 kilograms, and crawl all the way up, looking like walking bushes. Some of them carry the grass all the way home, some - share the burden with their donkeys. And once the hands are free from the grass, they continue spinning the wool.
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||Oct. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.