Cañar, a dusty town with gently leaning adobe buildings and wooden balconies, has been the Cañari people’s most important crossroads since the 16th century. Sunday is the day when hundreds of Cañari in their colorful woolens gather in town for the market.
The men wear chumbis, distinctive belts made by a local weaving method and decorated with Catholic and indigenous motifs. These are available in the market, but down at the jail the prisoners make and sell them too (some with distinctive ‘prison’ motifs). You will be allowed in to make purchases.