In this web site you can contact directly with the artist, Domingo Carranza. Without intermediaries, without wholesalers, without interposed shops, in short what we call fair trade, which consists of the producer, the artist or the artisan being able to live with dignity from his work. In addition, to stop being exploited by unscrupulous intermediaries and traders, who pay very low prices at the origin and sell them at gold prices in American, European or Asian markets.
Buying from the producer at the origin, allows us, my family and me to live from our work. It also benefits with direct jobs our small community of weavers, and indirect to the inhabitants of the canton and ultimately to the province, in sectors such as textiles, shipping, packaging, services, tourism and hotels among others. In addition to being an artisan, I am a community leader and one of my main objectives is that this art is not extinguished, therefore, it is essential that young people do not go to the big cities and leave the countryside due to lack of jobs.
Buying a craft from its creator, has the added value that the hat has been executed with the specifications you want it to have, is a unique and unrepeatable piece.
In my particular case, you are buying a hat from an expert in the field, not from a department store that sells everything from needles to USB sticks. By acquiring my works you bring profitability to this craft, so that future generations will see an attraction in dedicating themselves to this art. In addition, you have available evidence of all the development process of the hat and you can know the progress week by week of the commissioned work.
In short, I invite you to participate in the philosophy of fair trade, as long as it is possible for you to buy from small producers so that our trade is not lost.