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CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS => LATIN AMERICA => Topic started by: tvelez on December 27, 2008 09:52:37 AM

Title: Colombia?
Post by: tvelez on December 27, 2008 09:52:37 AM
Any crafters in Colombia? I do not live there but i have family there. Any good places to buy supplies? I would love to learn more about any tradition crafting in Colombia!


Title: Re: Colombia?
Post by: medea on April 10, 2009 10:21:46 PM
Craftster in Colombia present!

Currently living in Medellín.

It depends what you call "good" places to buy supplies, we don´t have anything like joanns or michaels or big box stores, but downtown medellín has many "pasamanerías" and stores where they sell sewing notions, crochet needles, string, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, metal findings, and stuff I don´t even know what it is for. The difference is that you can´t browse, everything is behind a counter, so you kinda have to know what you are looking for, or go when they aren't very busy and ask for them to hand over everything so you can examine the packages!

La Reina is a chain store that does beading, embroidery and other workshops and sells the notions, they are mostly everywhere in Medellín.

As for traditional crafting, I'm not really familiar with it. Many artisans are working in novel techniques (like jewelry with melon seeds or orange peels) but the "sharing" culture is not very popular here. However, women still do a lot of embroidery, they knit, they crochet, they sew, they do bobbin lace and cutwork and other lovely stuff.