El Salvador may be the smallest nation in Central America and it sure has gone through turbulent times in the past and even now. However it still does not receive the media coverage or gets the credit and attention it truly deserves. How do I know? Well, as I’ve already shared with you in previous stories, it has so much more to offer than what you see on the news. From art towns, to black sand beaches, culture, rich history, natural beauty, stunning Mayan temples, strong religious beliefs and so much more! As the slogan of the Minister of Tourism says, it truly is impressive!
Last time I went to my home country, I decided to explore as much as possible and made plans for several road trips (you know that I live for them, if I knew how to drive in the midst of chaos I would sit behind the wheel).
You probably know by now that I am a very creative soul and am very interested in anything that has to do with the arts in all its forms. That is why I was delighted to find out that there was a route created specifically, La Ruta Artesanal or Artisanal Route, which invites visitors both local and foreign to discover different points of attractions such as eco tourism sites, charming and peaceful artisan towns that are dedicated to creating many products that make them famous countrywide and around the world.
After visiting Ilobasco, known for its ceramic and clay products, we headed over to San Sebastian, a small town located approximately 50 kilometers northeast of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador.
It is known for its production of high quality, colorful, patterned textiles to make clothes, scarves, tablecloths, place mats, blankets, throws, mats, hammocks, purses and handbags among many.
The most interesting fact is that no industrial machines are used to produce them but the traditional Telares or large wooden looms that are powered by a human power. Just the way it has been done for over two centuries!
We visited one workshop and watched an artisan or weaver at work. It was such an incredible experience to see them do what they know with a lot of passion and dedication.
I invite you to come along for a colorful tour of the weaving process right before your eyes.
I simply could not leave without purchasing some souvenirs to bring back home of course! I do support local businesses and artisans, so what do you think I got? 🙂
A pink scarf
A colorful, flowery and unique handbag as well as a couple of purses!
Every time I use them, I simply remember where they were made and that brings a smile to my face 🙂
I hope you liked learning more about San Sebastian in El Salvador!
Now it’s your turn.
I want to know,
Have you ever traveled to a town just for its art, history or culture?
If so, where did you go?
If you haven’t yet, would you like to visit one?
Tell me more about it!
Until next time,
Les deseo todo lo mejor, I wish you all the best.