Sumak Away, meaning "well woven" in Kichwa, is a family-run weaving business, which aims to rediscover and promote the traditional means of producing Otavalo’s famous fabrics and knitwear. The shop, just off Plaza de los Ponchos, is also where many of the items are produced, and the family is more than willing to demonstrate how the traditional wooden looms work.
Sumak Away use traditional Otavaleño weaving methods, materials and designs, but also use their studio for experimentation with new designs and items.
Alpaca, llama and sheep’s wool is used to create these individually crafted items, including the traditional, thick woolen sweaters and brushed alpaca ponchos, guaranteed to keep out even the bitterest of Andean chills.
The shop is open daily from 9am-5pm, and credit cards are accepted.
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