We absolutely love a bit of traditional sign writing, and found some brilliant store fronts in Bolivia. The typography and colours are spectacular and set off the authentic wild west style.
Tag Archives: Bolivia
Posted on 17/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow
Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow
The Salt Hostel perched on the edge of Salar Uyuni in Bolivia has taken our salt addiction to new levels. We've already turned into salt junkies due to the huge quantities of the stuff in all food, and now we've discovered the world can be made of salt too.
An area of pure white salt flats, half the size of Belgium, and 400ft deep, is the source of this new addiction. The salt is cut into brick shapes for construction, or harvested into coned piles ready for purifying and chips.
The minimalist all white style is mesmerising in this pure white palace and the perfect setting for the local vibrant textiles.
Taking the term Salt Hostel to the extreme, salt crystals line all the floors, even the bedrooms. The walls, tables, stools and beds are made entirely from large salt bricks skilfully joined together with salty cement. Salt is much more than pepper's guilty friend.
Posted on 05/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow
Traveling through the Eduardo Avaroa National park we saw these styled out llamas. Colour coded llama wool pom poms make a very cool farmer tagging system to identify herds.
Posted on 04/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow
After falling all over the amazing craftsmanship of hand loomed textiles in Bolivia, the machine made pieces are just not in the same league.
..but let's not judge too hastily.
They are stunning none the less. Soak them in without comparing, and they are undeniably eye catching in their ray of colours and busy detail, rich with traditional Quecha icons of condors and coca leaves intricately woven in. Yes, we fell for them.
Well, we couldn't say no. So we've rounded up a proud pile of these with some projects in mind. Some are indeed the perfect size for throwing down in Victoria park for Olympic picnics.
This is how it goes down in textile town... the vender cutting the deal with superior technology to us- a calculator over our leaky pen and paper.
Posted on 31/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow
Posted on 25/05/2012 by A Rum Fellow
A few irresistible vintage hand loom finds in Sucre. Perfect for some upholstery projects when we get home...just need to decide on the lucky chairs.
Loving the zig zags and the colours popping off the dark base.