Meet the vendor!

Meet the vendor!

Meet Christian Leyva Jorge, who owns a shop on a side street off the main drag of Calle Sagarnaga. As we stood surrounded by shelves packed to the brim with silver and Incan pottery, Christian told us how he was living in a small village called Llallagua (in the department of Potosí), when a traveling antiques-dealer with a beautiful daughter came to town. Instantly smitten, Christian and the antique dealer’s daughter were soon married and moved to La Paz. When his mother-in-law, noting that her new son-in-law was unemployed, told Christian that he couldn't live on love alone ("no puedes vivir solo de amor"), he took the hint and asked her to teach him the antiquing trade, which she gladly did.

Mama Ocllo Platter

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One of a Kind!

Destination: La Paz, Bolivia

A lovely etched floral design decorates this pewter platter, purchased from Christian Leyva Jorge. Christian, who owns a small shop just off Calle Sagarnaga, told us that it was made in Potosí, from which silver once flowed so abundantly that they used the shiny stuff to make everything from jewelry to common household items. It's named after Mama Ocllo, who founded the Incan Civilization along with her husband, Manco Cápac.


Daughter of the Sun God, Inti, and the Moon Goddess, Mama Quilla, Mama Ocllo is the mother of Incan civilization. There are several variations about how all that went down, but the one we heard claimed that Inti se... Read More

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