Unfortunately when I visited Otavalo in 2006, I was nearing the end of my South American trip and had little space left on my limited camera SD card. The above postcard is the only photo I have of the Otavalo market.
The Otavalenos have a very distinctive traditional dress. Look at the lady in the postcard. She is wearing a Fachalina on her head. She also wears an embroidered white blouse, long black wool skirt and black shawl, a woven belt and strands and strands of beads. If we could see her feet, we would probably find canvas sandals.
However western fashion is creeping into every corner of the globe. Her little child has runners which were probably bought in the market as well. I wonder will that child grow up to wear the traditional costume or the clothes worn by celebrities on TV?
While I don't have any photos from my day at the Otavalo market, I do have a beautiful souvenir: