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Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop

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Address: Calle Principal, Agato | En la via entre Peguche y San Pablo, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 6-269-0282
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Miguel Andrango and his family demonstrate the fascinating traditional yarn...

Miguel Andrango and his family demonstrate the fascinating traditional yarn spinning and backstrap-loom weaving process for visitors. After the demonstration, visit their gallery where you can purchase beautiful weavings to remind you of your Ecuadorian experience. DIRECTIONS TO THE WORKSHOP: Option 1, from Cascada de Peguche: take the road from Cascada de Peguche (waterfall) to Lago San Pablo. At the top of the first hill, take a left toward Agato. At the first intersection (Agato's main street), turn left. The workshop is one and a half blocks down on the left. Option 2, from Quito: turn right at the Espejo stoplight. After you cross a bridge, take your first left toward Cascada de Peguche. At the top of the hill, turn right toward Agato. At the first intersection (Agato's main street), turn left. The workshop is one and a half blocks down on the left.

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We visited with our family and had a great time. It was fantastic for the kids (and us) to see weaving done using traditional methods. And to meet a family so dedicated through... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2016
Paul C
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Lost in the mountains, the little town of Agato, near Otavalo is the place where the 80 year old master of waiving, Miguel Andrango, lives. It was a little bit difficult to find his studio but worth to visit and see how this humble master and his family try to preserve the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving. Once inside... More 

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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We visited with our family and had a great time. It was fantastic for the kids (and us) to see weaving done using traditional methods. And to meet a family so dedicated through three generations to their craft. Would definitely recommend visiting, but be careful in the shop afterwards - oh so easy to spend a lot...!

2 Thank Paul C
Keeseville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Miguel, Rafeal, and Luz Maria are some of the most wonderful and spirited people I have ever met. They are true masters of their craft and they live and breath tradition. A visit to their workshop is an experience that you will never forget.

2 Thank Brittany H
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

We are so glad we made the trek to Miguel's workshop! He's a very sweet, talented man whose work is stunning. It was recommended we come here because we weren't impressed with the goods we found in the market. Well, there's no compariso between the goods in the market and Miguel's stuff! His children and grandchildren do all the weaving... More 

2 Thank wendt85
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

I am from Ecuador but living now in Canada. I have a passion for Andean art. While I was there, I really became fascinated with the colors and the weaving textiles. I believe they are the best in the world. Weavers are so patient and friendly. I am now promoting them world wide and hope that someday they can become... More 

2 Thank Segundo B
Roberts creek
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

This should be high on the list of anyone in the area..preferably before you go to the Otavolo market and buy the cheap stuff! Miguel is a true hand weaver and demonstrates the process from cleaning through carding and spinning to dyeing and weaving. His material is top notch and you can feel the quality as opposed to the machined... More 

3 Thank GM8868
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

The reviews of this wonderfully talented man and his studio are spot on. It is no suprise that myself and husband were entranced by Miguel and his introduction to the art of weaving but he totally mezmerized my 22 and 16 year old sons as well as my 13 year old daughter! Please do not miss the opportunity to visit... More 

1 Thank lisasteve40
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 26 January 2015

If you are interested in the artisinal crafts of Ecuador - and if you find yourself in Otavalo, you probably are - a visit to Miguel Andrango's workshop can't be missed, It was one of the highlights of the month I spent travelling Ecuador. Miguel and the others who work in his small workshop continue to produce textiles in the... More 

4 Thank MoodyMason
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2014

Met Miguel the owner and teacher of weaving and was given a full introduction to the art of weaving from wool processing to actual weaving. It is a small shop in the countryside and so worth the trip to see. The shop has items woven by various family menbers and is reasonably priced.

3 Thank arnica2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the charming master weaver Sr Andrago in his simple workshop. He patiently explained every stage of the weaving process from preparing the wool to producing the glorious textiles on hand looms. We came away with faces full of smiles and a gorgeous piece of traditional weaving which we will treasure. Well worth the short trip from... More 

3 Thank lollymlg

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