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Pitcher and Syrup Festival (Festival del Cántaro y la Miel), Itá

Crafts with Franciscan tradition

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Pitcher and Syrup Festival (Festival del Cántaro y la Miel), Itá

Crafts with Franciscan tradition

At San Blas, in the region of Itá (37 km from Asunción), there are no storks but there is the picturesque festival of the "City of the Pitcher and Syrup" (Ciudad del Cántaro y la Miel). Chronicles say that the Franciscans who came to this town in the seventeenth century taught the women to make clay and ceramic jars which, with the passing of the centuries, have become its greatest exponent of crafts sales. Internationally recognised artist Rosa Britez, known as "the ceramicist of America", specialises in Paraguayan mythology and is hostess of the local museum that bears her name. The Pitcher and Syrup fair at Itá also brings together the sugar cane artisans; it is a fertile area for its cultivation and it is used to produce the syrup that you can buy here in the market throughout the year.



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