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.

Orestias Manta Pins

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One of a Kind!

Destination: La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivians typically use decorative pins like these to fasten their mantas, the traditional woolen textiles worn wrapped around the shoulders. We purchased these pretty brass specimens from Christian Levya Jorge, who told us that they come from the La Paz region. They’re named “Orestias” after one of the few native fish still swimming around Lake Titicaca.


Being as Bolivia’s a landlocked country, most Bolivian fish live in the great aqueous playground known as Lake Titicaca, which covers some 3,232 square miles and is bordered by both Bolivia and Peru. Lake Titicaca,... Read More

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6" L

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