Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ethnic Finale: South America

Over the last two weeks we've explored ethnic fabrics and accents, and before our journey comes to an end I want to share with you where my ethnic curiosity started...South America. Several years ago my friend and I took a month long trip to Peru and Bolivia. Two blond-haired gringas in a foreign country filled with history, textiles and a little danger...yeah, it was pretty damn amazing. I came back with piles of fabrics, a TON of photographs and a new appreciation on life. I still have wondrous thoughts about my trip, and I hope you too can find ethnic and living inspiration in the selected photographs below...

From the vibrant color combinations and textural patterns...

to the architectural elements.

From the culture and people we embraced. By the way, the boat was completely made of reeds (including the islands!). Don't you want a rolled reed bench now?

To the new perspective gained from the Nazca Lines and mountainous farm land.

From the details found in boat necessities and spiritual rock stacks.

And of course, to the amazing sites we explored like the famous Machu Picchu.

Here's to embracing, discovering and adding ethnic inspiration into your daily life...

12 comments:

Noodles and Waffles said...

My husband and I are headed to Peru this fall. I'm super excited. I hope I can capture equally beautiful moments. Cheers!

patricia said...

We just got back from Colombia. South America is a beautiful place!

Lu Lu in Los Angeles said...

What a great trip to take, and those photos are beautiful!! Someday I hope to see Machu Picchu, it is on my list.

Have you read Marching Powder by Rusty Young? True story about San Pedro Prision in La Paz, Bolivia. Absolutely fascinating read!

Mo said...

I love these images! I have always wanted to travel to South America, and hopefully some day will have that chance. When I travel I've always come back with tons of images and a trinket or two, but I love the idea of coming back with fabrics and textiles, things that can help your memories live on long after the trip os over. :D

Amy said...

I made a Peru/Bolivia trip with a couple of gringas years ago, and it was amazing. With a few nerve-wracking moments. Your photos make me want to go back and take it all in with new (older) eyes. I esp. love the photo of the boats.

Lulu said...

oh wow...these photos are wonderful!

Mary Grace Thomas @ Test of Time said...

Enjoyed the trip - ethnic decor posts. Your photography is amazing, girl!!

{lovely little things} said...

Wow these pictures are amazing! South America is next on my list.

BALLUX said...

Very impressive!
Thanks for your presentation and I appreciate that!
Keep up your good work. I will come here regularly for news.

kiki said...

Nice post. I was born in La Paz, Bolivia and left when I was 14 I have not been back since but have so many amazing memories and photos. I vow to go back soon again. I am always ecstatic to hear that people have traveled to Bolivia as it is not such a common destination. I'm glad you saw and appreciated the beauty.

bronwyn said...

These photos are gorgeous. What an amazing trip!

Anonymous said...

Great Snaps! Everybody want to explore Machu Picchu, it is really a hot & desired traveling destination on Peru Tour in South America.

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