Most Otavalenos are
involved with textile production at some level, whether it is by "selling
wool, cleaning wool, carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, knitting,
embroidering, or selling and marketing finished products." (Musch, 1997,
p. 50). Only a small minority of people actually devote full time
to the textile industry. Many are leaving behind the traditional
use of natural dyes and backstrap looms for more efficient and less time-consuming
treadle looms. Creating one blanket on a backstrap loom can take
a person up to 240 hours, and is slow, tedious work. (Musch, 1997, p. 51).
The treadle loom is more efficient because it involves the use of both
hands and feet. The man pictured above is weaving on a treadle loom.
Information for this page was taken from the following sources:
Meisch, Lynn (1987). Otavalo: Weaving, Costume and the Market.
Quito: Imprenta Mariscal.
Musch, Cheryl. "Miguel Andrango." Handwoven, September/October, 1997.