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.