Artesanía Las Pallas (Las Pallas Craftwork)

You'll sense the passion for Peruvian folklore in each and every one of the pieces on display or for sale.

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Artesanía Las Pallas (Las Pallas Craftwork)

The inquisitive Mary Solari.

The most surprising thing about the 'Artesanía Las Pallas' shopping centre is that it was born out of the inquisitiveness of Mary Solari, an Englishwoman who is passionate about Peruvian folklore and spent nearly three decades of buying artisan treasures from all over the country to then exhibit them in her house-museum, which is also a retail store too. If you find it in her shop, on 'calle Cajamarca' (Cajamarca Street), it's possible that she'll offer to tell you the stories of the parts it consists of, the characteristics of its artisans and where they come from. You'll find anthropomorphic sculptures in bright colours, collections of ceramics, which are reminiscent of pre-Hispanic settlers and fabrics and jewellery made from precious metals. Maybe the prices are a little higher than in other markets, but they're worth it since the owner travels every now and then to the indigenous communities in the region, ensuring that the objects that she buys and sells are authentic.

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