Ecuador 03 Feb 2017 15:06
It is a woman’s task to feed and take care of the animals in Salasaca. Salasacas mostly live off agriculture, animal husbandry, and handicrafts. Traditionally, women would take care of the house chores and the children, and men would work the fields. As time went by, more and more work would land on women’s shoulders: now their responsibilities are not only housekeeping and taking care of the animals, including gathering kikuyo, but agriculture, too. Salasaca district in Tungurava province, Equador, takes up only 12 square kilometers, but has preserved strong identity of the local inhabitants, as well as authentic culture and customs. Here, men and women wear traditional outfits everyday, obey festive rituals, and do handicrafts: they spin yarn and weave everyday and festive clothes, as well as tapestries, on archaic looms.