Coins stitched to the bags would demonstrate their value to the owners.
In the Tarabuco region beautiful square bags worked in black and white with coloured borders were used to contain offerings to the dead, often foods for eternity, to accompany them on their journey to another life.
For example, woven containers for carrying coca leaves were the privileged possessions of Inca aristocracy, including shamans or priests.
It’s often a reference point; a way to describe not only the feel of a destination, but the spirit of its people.
It may be annoying, but it goes beyond mere aesthetics.
Television antennas dot the urban landscape, and televisions and long-distance telephone service are now also found in many rural communities.
Because of the high cost of fixed phone service, Bolivians from all walks of life are making use of cellular phones—from Aymara market vendors in La Paz to truck drivers in Cochabamba.
The use of the mantilla (a form of headdress) as an everyday accessory goes back to the XVII century, but the custom has been lost and the mantilla is now sometimes worn by older generations as part of a costume or in religious ceremonies.