This month, thousands of artisans from across the country arrive in Bogotá to participate in the largest showing of Colombian arts and crafts.
Expoartesanías opened its doors Friday and will run through the Dec. 17, offering visitors the chance to buy unique crafts, many of which have traveled great distances from the most remote corners of the country.
It’s Colombia’s most comprehensive fair of handmade goods, taking up five pavilions of the Corferias exhibition grounds.
Several international exhibitors have also been invited in case you fancy that silk scarf from India or Turkish hanging lantern. For the first time, Italy and Cuba are represented with jewelry and specialty items.
With this edition, Expoartesanías celebrates 25 years as the yearly window on the country’s arts and crafts via the state’s promotion entity, Artesanías de Colombia. To commemorate a quarter-century, Artesanías de Colombia will hand out Master Teacher medals to those who have shown outstanding commitment to their arts and crafts.
Visitors to the fair can also learn about the Network of Patrimonial Towns program organized by the National Tourism Fund (FONTUR), and the fair will highlight “Design Colombia,” which looks at importance of ancestral crafts.