Any type of art is a manifestation of culture and tradition of the people. The art reflects the indigenous imagination of the artist which speaks of the heritage of the past tradition. The Ecuadorian art truly expresses the tradition of the people through the varied form of paintings, and crafts work. Each zone has its own craft and art tradition. As per the historical records available, the art of weaving originated from the people of Ecuador. It is true that they learned the art from Spanish people, the people of Ecuador created unique piece of art crafts by adding their originality. You can admire the nativity of the region from which the painting is done. In the north of Ecuador, people made various products like gloves, caps, coats and scarf from the wool obtained from goats.
If you happen to visit Otavalo you would admire the beauty of crafts-work done on gloves and caps in rich colored woolen clothes. It is a city famous for weaving and handicrafts products. Most of the products are exhibited in the markets for the benefit of the tourists and some are exported to different parts of the world. The people of Otavalo use plant fibers for making bags, and backpacks of varying sizes.
Contrary to the North, the Southern part of Manabi city uses straw as their major source for making crafts work. They use bleached strips of palm leaves for making big hats, which are well known as Panama hats in the province. The hat is best put to use by the people living in hot climatic regions or in other countries during summer. From Manabi these hats are getting exported to various countries like America, Europe and other Asian countries. In the province of Cotapaxi people use clay and mud for making earthen pots and vases and various other household products. In some parts of Ecuador, the artist use leather for making clothes and apparels. You have paintings and colorful imagination of creativity in the trousers, gloves and jackets made of leather.
The capital city of Quito is famous for its handicrafts market called Mercado Artesanal. The visitors can explore the crafts of artisans and the masterpiece of Ecuadorian art is reflected on the goods sold in the market. You can come across various form of arts-work in the colorful Indian apparels sold in the market. From wooden paintings to jewelry, from hats to woolen blankets you can buy range of products in many parts of Ecuador. In any of the arts work you can see the expertise of the native people and the rich cultural heritage of Ecuador.