May 2023 – Chile
In early May we celebrated our wedding anniversary in Santiago, Chile with a very lovely sushi dinner. Mike and Geneva have been married for 19 years!
Sewing kit with combs and adornments. Plant fiber, cactus spines, feathers. Found in Arica, Chile 900-1470 AC
These items are from a sewing kit. The person who owned this little box collected items to be sewn as decoration or detail on blankets, shawls, baskets and other items. Please note the incredible quality of preservation of these small items. These are not dusty, crumbling items being poorly stored in a major museum. The curation of this facility was incredible, as you will see in the remaining photos.
This is a ceremonial shawl. It is made from feathers that are sewn together with plant (cactus) and animal (vicuna) fibers. It has been preserved and cared for since the time period 900-1460AD. And yet, somehow this item is still here, on display centuries later.
The vineyards were lovely. The wine was okay. But I was extremely moved by the quality of the private collection of the Claro family who made this presentation possible. Here is a link to the Santa Rita Winery, which houses the Museo Andino. https://www.santarita.com/en/
Many miles away from the vineyards, we arrived at the ocean. We explored some large boulders, rumored to be affiliated with Incan ceremonies at one time.
But our final destination graced us with pleasant weather and interesting lessons on inland salt harvesting. This area is graced with a saline-rich spring, which is similar to a place we visited in Peru quite some time ago. Here is the link if you want to view that post. https://slowcarfasthouse.com/2019/12/23/peru-maras-and-the-amazing-salt-beds/
We settled in to a great campsite on the shores of the salty lake. We had gorgeous birds outside our door and salt beds in the distance. This was a calm and beautiful place to spend the night.
The next series shows the drying salt beds from a distance to up close. The water is very shallow, allowing it to evaporate slowly. As the water evaporates the salt clusters along the edges of the shoreline. There it is raked up into the large piles shown above. Once it is dried it is bagged in various quantities and shipped or sold.