What $100 Buys in Quito

  1. $16 Hat Panama hats actually originated in Ecuador, where they're handwoven from native Carludovica palmata straw. Fine hats sold at Homero Ortega Peñafiel e Hijos take a month to finish. Benalcázar N 2-52, between Bolivar and Sucre, 593/22-953-337, homeroortega.com. (Michael Mohr)
  2. $10 Prints The museum, and former home, of Oswaldo Guayasamín, a Quito-born painter who depicted the country's indigenous Indians, is on a hill above the city. Calle José Bosmediano 543, 011-593/22-465-265. (Michael Mohr)
  3. $8 CD Traditional folk music, played on wind instruments carved from Andean carrizo trees, can be found at Artesanías Sumagta. García Noreno 8-92 and Espejo, 011-593/22-953-025. (Michael Mohr)
  4. $5 Napkin rings Artisans on the outskirts of Calderón use colored bread dough to sculpt tableware in the shapes of animals and dolls. El Danzante, Calle Carapungo 771 and Quitus, 011-593/22-825-892. (Michael Mohr)
  5. $5 Pan flute Street musicians often perform on the rondador, a straight pan flute that produces two tones at a time. Find it at Centro Cultural Tianguez, a free-trade store that supports vendors nationwide. Plaza de San Francisco (Michael Mohr)
  6. $9 Necklaces Tagua seeds, which are found in the jungles of Ecuador, look like ivory when carved to make jewelry. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco. (Michael Mohr)
  7. $3 Bowl Indian mucahua pottery is traditionally used for drinking chicha, a fermented beverage made with maize or yucca. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco. (Michael Mohr)
  8. $20 Mask Each June 21, the residents of Quito wear wooden animal masks to celebrate the harvest festival of Corpus Christi. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco. (Michael Mohr)
  9. $7 Basket Generations of fisherman have been using these V-shaped baskets to hold their daily catch. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco. (Michael Mohr)
  10. $6 Belt The Indians of Ecuador's Sierra region believe that the rainbow is a link between heaven and earth, which is why most native clothing is woven with all the colors of the rainbow. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco. (Michael Mohr)

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