Ecuador's Crafts & art

folk artisans working in a variety of forms, materials, and traditions to modern painters, sculptors, and ceramicists producing beautiful representational and abstract works


Painting by Mauro Carrión


TAGUA a natural element


Carving by hand

The art to everyone's reach, creations by painter and plastic artist Mauro Carrión

Ecuador has a rich tradition of folk art. This country always was a colonial center of wood carving and painting, and artisans still produce replicas of the masterpieces of the old school.

Ecuadorian Culture. Ecuador’s distinct culture is as vibrant and beautiful as the hand woven tapestries of its local artisans. Stemming from its long and rich history, Ecuadorian culture includes a fair mix of indigenous practices along with European colonial influence. Almost everyone in Ecuador has a mixed-race background, which has resulted in tremendous cultural diversity as well as unique customs and traditions across the whole country. Indigenous woven tapestries and clothing are still available for sale throughout the country, as are fine basketwork, leatherwork, woodcarving, ceramics, and jewelry. The most famous indigenous craft is the Panama hat.