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      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café   01/12/2017

      The Boquete Feria de Las Flores y del Café begins Thursday, January 12th and runs until Sunday, January 22nd. For those who have not yet seen -- and experienced -- this magnificent fair, you are in for a treat, and some inconveniences. Most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  During these eleven days you also need to be extremely careful, especially while driving and in planning your activities. In recent years there have been well in excess of 100,000 visitors to Boquete. Last year that number was closer to 200,000, and some predictions for 2017's Fair are closer to 300,000 people coming to our area to see the Fair. Traffic congestion will be the norm. Getting seats in restaurants will be difficult at times. Parking spaces will essentially be nonexistent. Buying groceries may be difficult and time consuming. Busses will be parked on the side streets, making driving difficult. There will be lots (as in LOTS) of people walking, standing around the bridge and the Feria and the many tiendas (small shops and stands [kiosks]) while taking pictures, talking, viewing the scenery, etc. Please be extremely attentive while driving, and drive slowly. Some streets will be blocked and require passes to use them. Other streets will simply be blocked based on congestion. Please be careful of your personal items, such as purses and wallets. Having so many people in one area creates a prime target for pickpockets and other maliantes to do their thing. To repeat, most importantly, you must see all of the flowers and the tiendas at and around the Fair Grounds here in Boquete.  Three closing thoughts. First: enjoy. Second: be safe. Third: you might wish to post your pictures, comments, reviews, etc., here on CL (start a topic or reply to an existing topic in http://www.chiriqui.life/forum/118-boquete-feria-de-las-flores-y-del-café/).   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.
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Indigenous Women Artisans Fight Fashion Appropriation in Panama

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Published 22 November 2016

Indigenous women from the Guna community presenting the typical cloth "mola."

Indigenous women from the Guna community presenting the typical cloth "mola." | Photo: EFE


While fashion giants are profiting from the appropriation of Indigenous cultures, local initiatives are mobilizing to fight back.

Over 80 Indigenous women discussed how to legally protect their craftwork from fashion appropriation Tuesday in Panama, during the last day of the first Bi-National Meeting of Women Artisans and Local Authorities from the Indigenous community of Ipeti Guna, who live along the Colombian-Panamanian border.

The communities focused on the typical outfits known as “molas,” which are cloths sewed together with native figures of animals or abstract shapes.

In Panama, the government has already implemented a project meant to list all the artisanal and religious knowledge of the Indigenous tribe in a bid to better preserve it. Guna women have also been granted an official accreditation as genuine producers of the molas cloths.

These clothing and designs have gained international prestige in recent years, and as a result have been subject to plagiarism by fashion designers and artisans from other countries.

Panama's Minister of Culture Migdalia Herrera attended the meeting and told EFE that the Guna Yala community had to sue various textile companies for plagiarism.

“The molas were originated, and are created by the Guna people, not others. Companies must ask for permission before they can use it,” she added.

The communities are coordinating actions with the national customs and the Trade Ministry in order to control the contraband of molas.



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