Bolivia has the largest indigenous population in South America with an estimated 60% of her population claiming indigenous descent. In La Paz, the most prominent indigenous culture is the Aymara who are known for their rich, highland culture and colorful handicrafts.
Walking down the streets of La Paz, the landscape is awash is brilliant colors of tapestries, handwoven scarves, hats and sweaters, and tiny little street side shops and stalls run by the local Aymara women. Cholitas dressed in wide, layered skirts, a brightly colored handwoven blanket along the back and an English-style brown bowler hat atop their head, line the streets waiting expectantly for a sale.
I saw her alone, seated next to a small street side shop and a bucket of colorful dolls. I knew I’d have to stop and say hello and maybe purchase a doll for my daughter.
She was so beautiful. And when she smiled brightly she had a twinkle of joy in her eyes
I picked out the perfect doll for Sophia. And asked if I could take one more photo of this lovely woman who happily agreed.
I knew I’d be doing much more shopping down the labyrinth streets of La Paz. There were so many alleys to explore, so many colors, and so many brilliant smiles. It was a photographer’s dream.
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