PHONE CALL INTERVIEW
Name: Rosa Quinapanta
1.- What kind of Natural Resources has Salasaca? Sheep's wool, Cabuya, Capuli, Eucalipto (eucalyptus)
2.- How do you work the wool? It could be by hand or with machine.
3.- What is the process to have the wool ready to weave? They remove the hair of the sheep, them they wash it and they leave it to dry, after that they color themselves with vegetable dyes.
4.- Can you explain me a little bit more about the Cabuya? We have a cabuya that its call “the black Cabuya” (Cabuya negra), that is hard and gross.
5.- Can the Cabuya be dye? Yes the Cabuya can be dye.
6.- It is possible to make fine product with this material? Yes, it is possible.
7.- Are the products from Cabuya washable? No, the Cabuya is not washable, because the way how the cabuya is ready to work, has to be dry and if it is wet, the form can change.
8.- What kind of products do they do with the Eucalipto? They use it to make furniture.
9.- What kind of abilities have the artisans from Salasaca? Weaving, to embroider, work with wood (eucalipto)
10.- Who help the artisans in Salasaca? Junta parroquial (joins parochial), Cooperativa the artesanos Kiria (Cooperative of artisans Kiria)
11.- How do the artisans sell the products? Indigenous people, skilful weavers, sell their crafts in the “Sunday fair”.
12.- What kind of products make the artisans? Salasaca’s artisans sell tapestries, ponchos, sweaters, bags, hats and other articles as souvenirs.
13.- These designs are originally from Salasaca? The tapestries are original from Salasaca, the others products are copies from others places, specially Otavalo.
14.- Are the artisans traditional, or open mind in term of products? They are open mind in term of products.
15.- Do you think they will accept the idea to work to make new artisan designs? Yes, they will accept it. They want to make new business.
16.-Do you think they will accept to change their designs and combine them with modern ideas?
Yes, they will accept it.
17.- Do you think that they would be interested in working in a project as this?
Yes, I think they would be interested.
18.- How many communities exist in Salasaca? There are 24 communities.
This interview was useful for my research about the people that live there, how they think and work. I found that this place has 24 communities and everybody has different abilities in terms of weave and wood. Before made this interview I was thinking about to work with the Cabuya, but I found that is not washable and I decide to work with the sheep's wool because it can be work beautifully and designing in different ways. I found that they are open mind with the traditional products and they would like to make new business.