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The handmade fair of The Bolsón
Artesanos en El Bolsón
Artesanos en El Bolsón
Artesanos en El Bolsón
Artesanos en El Bolsón
Artesanos en El Bolsón
In the very heart of El Bolsón a significant number of creators gather to trade a wide range of handicraft products. Come and see this clear cultural exponent of the "42 parallel Andean shire".
Opposite the city square and at the foot of the Piltriquitrón Mount, hundreds of craftsmen gather on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays to trade their products in one of the largest fairs in South America.
Mentioning El Bolsón, undoubtedly implies talking, among other things, about the hippies, its fair and its handicrafts.

That is where I am heading for, willing to see most of the two hundred and fifty stands that invite tourists to observe and taste original and delicious regional products.

Among these "commercial units" I manage to see pottery, wool, leather works, dry flowers, home-made jams, handicraft beer, fine fruit, craft forged knives, candles of different sizes, shapes and colors, dishes and countless items and artistic expressions that embellish this site.

Everything is a party. At a distance, I manage to perceive a species of drum that resounds making afro-American sounds. Seduced by the mystical drumming, I let myself be carried away to the spot from where the music comes, trying to find out what it is about.

Meanwhile, the murmur of the people gets mixed with the tunes of guitars and flutes that let "sighs" flow out in the air. The cordiality of craftsmen makes me stop at every second. I soon get to Gastón (23), an unbeatable tapping who shows his skill to make the bongo drum sound. It is incredible to see the skill of this young boy who, as if he was possessed by a contagious rhythm, does not stop tapping on the tense goat leather that acts as a patch.

I continue walking and I see Leo (57), carving lenga wood. The intense hammering of the tireless carpenter hammer rapidly gives shape to a leaf in relief.

In front is María (60), hard-working as no one. She weaves sheep wool into a sweater that will surely make some kid feel warmer during the next winter season.

Visitors take the color of craftsmen and these merge into the color of the landscape. Everything is beholding and fascination. The smell of incense and aromatic candles shrouded me in the vertigo of the fair. My senses trigger out in all directions, accompanying the addictive frenzy of the ritual that has been celebrated for more than thirty years. I just continue walking, smiling, and watching.
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