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Formosa is a province full of magic, has numerous natural landscapes but also with a great cultural diversity which makes it possible to connect uniquely with the history of the indigenous peoples of Argentina. The northeast province has the largest indigenous presence in the country, and the territory currently houses a total of 192 communities spread throughout the Formoseño dream.
The Casa de la Artesanía has printed on its walls the identity of these ancestral cultures that are part of Formoseña history and Argentina. It is located in the capital of the province -more precisely between San Martín streets and Avenida 25 de Mayo- and opens its doors to show objects built by the Toba, Pilagá and Wichí cultures. The corner seeks to preserve and promote artisanal activity by rescuing ancient Aboriginal techniques.
These communities have managed to maintain their traditions over the years, and even today there are bilingual schools that reinforce the provincial government's policies to support the indigenous population. A clear example of this is Provincial Act No. 426 , adopted in 1984. The legislation was the first in the country to grant legal rights to indigenous peoples.
The House is built on history, it carries with it respect for interculturality as part of the identity of the village of Formosa. It was inaugurated in 1981 and allows tourists to maintain a close and direct contact with the native techniques that weave the history of our country; so diverse, extensive and varied. Here you can live a real cultural experience because fabrics, ponchos, rugs, bags, wooden objects as well as basketry and jewelry such as hoops and bracelets are displayed and sold.
Most products are made with raw materials of natural origin that are collected from the area, such as wool, clay and vegetable fiber. As if that were not enough, they also offer workshops for those looking to learn or simply observe how communities work with materials to transform them into real pieces of art.
In this colonial-style construction, the Cooperativa de Mujeres Artisanas del Gran Chaco and members of the Association of Artisans of Engineer Juarez also works. The space lends itself to promote activities related to the integration of tourism to the relevance of the artisanal production of communities, providing marketing options to them to improve the quality of life of its members.
An important suggestion for future visitors is not to haggle their prices, since the sale of the products serves as a sustenance for many families, and they represent the laborious ancestral work of Formoseñas artisans and craftsmen.
Admission is free and can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 8 to 12 and from 16 to 20.
Publication Date: 05/08/2020
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