These child-sized zamarros were designed by an indigenous friend who is a local Cotacachi artisan. For decades, his family has processed and dyed the leather naturally without using chemicals. These are top-quality artisanal products and the only handsewn zamarros made in Cotacachi. As durable as they are beautiful, they will last for generations. 


Information in Kichwa and English about the tradition of zamarros and the ancient celebration of Inti Raymi are included with each purchase to promote respect and understanding of the indigenous culture of Imbabura.


Ten percent of each purchase will be donated to the Wichana Foundation to support local community service projects. Prices range from $50 - $90 depending on size.  Contact us at for detailed price list. Currently available for pick-up or delivery in Cotacachi and Otavalo.

Child-sized Zamorros (Chaps)


    ABOUT US >

    Wichana Foundation was started in the fall of 2019 by Peter Bernstein, Sarah Cox and Urku Deborah May to support community-based programs in Ecuador that benefit the health, education and culture of community members. We raise funds through individual donations, grants and by selling artisanal crafts. 


    Mojandita Curubi Centro de Salud, a rural health clinic just outside of Otavalo  

    Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center, an indigenous-led organization in Cotacachi focusing on the revitalization of  Kichwa culture and language

    K'allam'p, an indigenous-led project working to educate rural indigenous communities on sustainable farming techniques, nutrition and other public health issues. 

    Place of Hope, a volunteer organization providing breakfast and food delivery to hundreds of the poorest elders of Cotacachi and the surrounding communities.

    Siona Community of Cuyabeno fundraiser for emergency food and medicine for indigenous people in the Amazon region of Ecuador 

    Our Women's Advisory Committee provides us with 

    guidance from the outstanding women leaders of our partner projects. The members  provide one another with mutual support, thoughtful project analysis, organizational tools, shared dreams and sisterly encouragement.

    Their guidance for the foundation's direction is vital to our success. It is rooted in their deep understanding of the needs of the families and communities they serve through their service organizations in Cotacachi and Otavalo.

    Martha Chavez of Mojanidta Curubi Health Center

    Koya Valencia of Muyumi Kanki Kichwa Cultural Center

    Dra. Kaya Alta of K'allam'p

    Urku Deborah May of Wichana Foundation

    Salome Alvear of Place of Hope Lugar de Esperanza

    Aidayadira Saavedraoyagata of K'allam'p

    Alli Tolbert, Facilitator, Wichana Foundation

    Rosita Cabezas of Mojandita Curubi Health Center

    The Wichana Foundation is a US tax-exempt organization (501(c)(3)) so contributions are tax deductible as permitted by applicable law.


    T: 917-273-0360 


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