Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

The handmade fabrics are famous in Belén, department of Catamarca. The Belen River crosses this semi-arid valley where the nut, grape and anise are grown. Belén is the oldest occupied territory of Catamarca, almost 300 km from its capital.
Its original inhabitants date long before the arrival of the Incas. The town as it is known today was founded in 1681, in honor of the Virgin of Bethlehem.

A loom in each yard
The deep ravines of Bethlehem enclose the archaeological treasures and ancestral traditions that are transmitted from generation to generation. One of them is the Creole loom.

Belén is the Cradle of Poncho. The Route of the Loom is a commitment to the revaluation of spinners and weavers in the region, a safeguard of cultural heritage. The tour proposes a tour of more than 50 artisan posts in the department of Bethlehem. The circuit crosses the towns of London, Belén, La Puerta de San José, San Fernando and Hualfín, all on Route 40, and Puerta de Corral Quemado and Villa Vil, on Route 43.
  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

  • Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

    Route of the Loom in Bethlehem

All this cultural heritage translates into beautiful fabrics of sheep, llama, alpaca and vicuña wool. All, except alpaca, are local fibers. They are ponchos, blankets, shawls, scarves, headbands, table runners, scarves and bow ties that visitors can buy but there is also time to meet. So the contact with the artisans is direct and the invitation is open to share a while, a round of mate, a talk to recognize that way of life that translates into a task linked to the roots.

The Route of the Loom is a collective venture. In addition to the exhibition of the products as sustenance for the community, the proposal promoted by the Ministry of Tourism, the Secretariat of Family Agriculture and the Wool-Fiber Value Chain of the province nuclea to artisans, family workshops and cooperatives of weavers to take care of that cultural treasure, those inheritances and that ancient trade, and thus keep the Creole loom alive.

The colors of the earth and the hills are mixed in the designs in loom, the smooth guards and the tied guards can show rich varieties at the eye of a good connoisseur, but without a doubt what moves is that ancestral link that is preserved in the Route of the loom. Warp of fabrics, traditions and streams.

Miriam Coronel / Gentileza Turismo.catamarca.gob.ar

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