We were surprised to see the Kuna vendors hiding from the sun in Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Quarter) Panama. If they were not used to the hot Panama sun, nobody was… A little awkward we thought.
It was a hot day in January, but totally acceptable for tourists and people from outside the country.
Walking a little farther on the Casco Viejo boardwalk we noticed some foreign youngsters. They selling their crafted jewelry to tourists as well, but without the need of a shelter.
… so what was the mystery behind the scene of the Kuna vendors hiding themselves under the vending tables?
Suddenly I had the idea to look at my watch: it was around 2 ‘o clock! Uff,…coming from North America, we completely forgot about the well known custom in the Latin countries: Siesta 🙂
The Kunas were hiding from the sun, not because they couldn’t bear the heat – they just wanted to take a nap 🙂
These skills and the willing to increase their rather thin income brought them to places like Panama City and Boquete – It’s nice seeing them as part of the urban landscape 🙂
One of the most popular crafts they’re making are the “Molas”which Kuna women use to decorate their dresses.
However, Molas can also be used for pillows, or house-decoration, and this is what tourists are buying them for.
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