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Meet the vendor!

Sebastiana, who’s been in La Paz for 20 years, was raised in Macha. She told us that her hometown is famous for “Tinku,” a kind of ritual combat. While Tinku has since been transformed into a very popular Bolivian folkdance, its mano-a-mano, Fight Club form still persists in certain districts.

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Destination: La Paz, Bolivia

We purchased this red-striped manta from Sebastiana Calani Varges, who told us that it comes from Potosí. It’s named after El Tío, the lord of the underworld, and an especially important deity in the mining community of Potosí.


Statues of the devilish-looking El Tío populate the tunnels of Potosí’s mines. A mercurial god, El Tio offers miners protection, but if he’s not brought enough alcohol, cigarettes, and coca leaves, he’ll turn agains... Read More

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3.5 x 3.2 ft

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