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Festival of the Ñandutí (Itaguá)

A tradition that is passed down from mothers to daughters

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Festival of the Ñandutí (Itaguá)

A tradition that is passed down from mothers to daughters

Just 30 km from Asunción, Itaguá is known as the City of Ñandutí and is the place to go if you want to buy typical Paraguayan clothes. The ñandutí is a type of lace embroidered with shapes and colours that looks somewhat like a spider's web. The technique is passed down from generation to generation and its sale is organized by families or associations. According to legend, the ñandutí was created by a native mother who wanted to weave a beautiful cape so that her son would be able to court the woman he loved; so she copied the movements of the spider and with her own rods produced the first ñandutí cape. The Festival has been held between July and August every year since the 1970s; it is not limited to the sale of textile products, and includes a competition between artisans for the best design, tributes to the elderly of the place who have taught the ñandutí tradition during the year, as well as various concerts and comedy shows.

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