Fair-Trade marketplace specializing in handcrafted textile goods produced by indigenous Ecuadorian artisans

 Otavalito
421 Water Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
[across from gazebo]
(269) 857-7199
or
e-mail us "info@otavalito.com"
note:
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Handcrafts available from Otavalito include natural fiber wool & cotton hand knit and woven sweaters & jacke t s, art weavings & bags, 100% cotton blouses & shirts, all made in the homes of artisans. In addition, a broad array of other handcrafted, artisan-made goods from Latin America are available in our store.
Fair-Trade marketplace specializing in handcrafted textile goods produced by indigenous Ecuadorian artisans
Otavalito is a Fair-Trade marketplace specializing in handcrafted textile goods produced by indigenous Ecuadorian artisans
is a member of the Fair Trade Federation & Co-op America's Green Business Network

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THE STORY OF OTAVALITO (little Otavalo):
 A FAIR TRADE MARKET

Otavalito (formerly Otavalos) began in 1986 as a cooperative effort between Otavalo families in Ecuador and their North American friends to bring cultural programs of music and a fair trade craft market to the international community.

The town of Otavalo, located in the province of Imbabura, lies at an altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes.

The approximately 50,000 indigenous people of this rural community are called Otavaleños.


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The Chango family at work

 

 
Diana at her loom

Knitter from Carabuela
The land surrounding this region is owned in small parcels by the Otavaleños who produce cotton, cereals, sugar cane, potatoes, fruit and livestock. The main economic activity however, centers on the Otavalo craft market, famous for its wool and cotton textiles, leather goods and native jewelry.  

In pre-colonial times, they were already an independent people trading with the Inca empire to the south. The weavers of the villages in and near Otavolo are the most accomplished in Ecuador. Work is contracted and done in an extended family structure in the homes of the artisans.

For more information on programs of music or craft sales, contact Robin Tinholt at (269) 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"
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Women's co-op work


Hot lunch served daily at a local school in La Companía


Weaving the future

Please visit our "Mission" page to read and see more regarding the mission of Otavalito - CLICK HERE 

 Otavalito is a member of the Fair Trade Federation (www.fairtradefederation.org).

Otavalito is a member of thr Co-op America (www.coopamerica.org).

Otavalito is a member of Weave a Real Peace (WARP), a networking organization of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world(www.weavearealpeace.org)
   

 CLICK HERE TO SEE ARTISAN PHOTOS AND MORE ABOUT OTAVALITO

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 Otavalito's mission

 more about Otvalito's Artisans

  SHOP ONLINE

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