Jose Jimenes Ulloa

President of the Makana Museum House.

Jose and his colleagues in the Makana Museum House are dedicated to the creation of makanas, or shawls, which are used as a covering and form a part of the traditional clothing of chola women from Cuenca or of Azuaya women. (Chola, or mestiza, are women of indigenous and Spanish decent). Jose and his fellow weavers create makana in a unique technique of knotted cabuya (fique), a type of plant fiber native to Ecuador. Jose is also a master weaver of cotton and sheep wool, and uses natural dyes in his work.