|La Basilica, Quito’s Old City|
Three things I have learnt during the last week and a bit in Ecuador:
1. Ecuadorians are a magnanimous bunch, ever ready with a smile and a willingness to try and make conversation with me and my phrase-book spanish. Thank goodness for American tourists willing to translate when all my attempts fail!
2. I hadn’t thought it physically possible for my skin to burn faster than it does. It would seem that being 3000m above sea level not only makes the impossible possible on this score – but makes it a 100% probability instead. Ouch.
3. Wool is an incredible fibre.
No, really! I could honestly go on and on extolling the virtues of wool and the increased role it has suddenly made within my (traveling) wardrobe. And I will be very soon…. but I won’t spoil the surprise :)
Quite by accident whilst wondering through the gorgeously colourful streets of Quito’s old city in Ecuador, My poppykettle and I stumbled upon the fabric district – located along Gabriel Garcia Moreno and Venezuala (both streets are parallel to each other) and also along Euguenio Espeja which connects the two.
Whilst the array of standard every day type fabrics wasn’t much to get excited about, the extensive array of tropical weight wool blew me away.
I lump this down to the fact that Ecuadorian’s like to dress rather formally – the men wear suit jackets and pants almost exclusively. And that’s its consistently rather humid here too!
So with a lot of hand gesticulation and general confusion from both parties, I managed to buy this:
The purchase process was made even more difficult because the shop owners naturally wanted to know what I was going to make with it.
But this little bit of wool really brought home the importance of natural fibres to humankind across the ages. There are a huge amount of yarn shops here too – so obviously Ecuadorians like to knit! I’m holding out until we reach Peru so I can find some alpaca wool (although it’s actually classified as ‘hair’!) to join in on the fun.
Another massive thankyou for all your wonderful comments on my Lace-but-not-as-you-know-it Dress and my Vogue Suit. My access to internet has been severely curtailed and when I’ve finally managed to get online – it’s been painfully slooooow. Makes me realise exactly how much time I spend online, not to mention how far behind I am in reading all your blogs as well! So hopefully soon I’ll be able to reply to your comments and see what you’ve all been sewing!