El Dorado: Fair Markets for Artisans

By Kiernan, James Patrick | Americas (English Edition), September-October 2003 | Go to article overview

El Dorado: Fair Markets for Artisans


Kiernan, James Patrick, Americas (English Edition)


Invoking the legendary name of El Dorado, a new marketing initiative in Bolivia is seeking not Andean gold but the region's true treasure, the preservation of its people and their culture. El Dorado: The Route of Fair Trade is a program of the Fundacion Carmen, which sponsors the work of women artisans and brings their products to market. The foundation is attempting to create a bridge between ancestral worlds and a globablized one. It takes advantage of the opportunity offered by the U. S. Preferential Trade Accord with the Andean countries, which seeks to bolster the profitability through trade of legitimate products and assist the governments of the Andean nations in their efforts to suppress the illicit drug trade.

Highlighting the importance of the foundation's work, the Government of Bolivia recently hosted an exhibition and marketing promotion of traditional textile crafts at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington.

"The work of Bolivian women--specifically to create working opportunities and stable incomes--is at the center of the developmental actions and sustainable democracy of Bolivian society," said the First Lady of Bolivia, Ximena Iturralde de Sanchez de Lozada, at the exhibition opening.

A just remuneration for the artisan is the guiding principle of the El Dorado marketing program, which promotes the export of not only textile crafts made by groups associated with Fundacion Carmen, but also the weavings produced in Bolivia through ASUR (Anthropologists of the Southern Andes) and CIDAC--Arte Campo. El Dorado currently benefits more than two thousand women artisans.

Bringing their products to market, negotiating a fair price for products of stunning beauty, and generating added income for some of the poorer regions of Bolivia has stimulated a phenomenon: a new sense of culture rural pride as well as new methods of artistic expression. The textiles should not only be considered crafts of exceptional quality, but 'also as works of art with a universal heritage.

While the exhibition included the weavers' products of several regions, its principal focus was the Tarabuco mad Jalq'a textiles of south central Bolivia. These art forms have survived with great difficulty; indigenous societies have by no means escaped the effects of modernization and globalization.

Despite such challenges, these two indigenous groups have manage to maintain their ancient weaving traditions into the present century. Moreover, the present elements of the Jalq'a told Tarabuco are in such striking contrast to each other as to highlight the great range of traditional textile craft in Bolivia. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

El Dorado: Fair Markets for Artisans
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.