Kuna Vendors hiding from the sun in Casco Viejo Panama

Kuna vendors hiding from the sun in CAsco Viejo, Panama

We were surprised to see the Kuna vendors hiding from the sun in Casco Viejo  (Spanish for Old Quarter) Panama. If they were not used to the hot Panama sun, nobody was… A little awkward we thought.

It was a hot day in January, but totally acceptable for tourists and people from outside the country.

Walking a little farther on the Casco Viejo boardwalk we noticed some foreign youngsters. They selling their crafted jewelry to tourists as well, but without the need of a shelter.

Young travelers selling crafted jewelry on the Casco Viejo boardwalk

… so what was the mystery behind the scene of the Kuna vendors hiding themselves under the vending tables?

Suddenly I had the idea to look at my watch: it was around 2 ‘o clock! Oh,…coming from North America, we completely forgot about the well known custom in the Latin countries: Siesta 🙂

The Kuna vendors in Casco Viejo Panama

The Kunas were hiding from the sun, not because they couldn’t bear the heat – they just wanted to take a nap 🙂

Kuna vendor hiding from the sun in Casco Viejo Panama, while taking the siesta.

Kuna crafters hiding from the sun in Casco Viejo Panama, while working on their crafts

A little cultural information:

These skills and the willing to increase their rather thin income brought them to places like Panama City and Boquete – It’s nice seeing them as part of the urban landscape 🙂

One of the most popular crafts they’re making are the “Molas”which Kuna women use to decorate their dresses. * I uploaded this photo to my Panama gallery at Fine Art America, and it’s available as art print. Click on it for details:

Kuna woman wearing a traditional dress, decorated with Molas

However, Molas can also be used for pillows, or house decor, and this is what tourists are buying them for.

indigenous Kuna woman selling Molas at Casco Viejo, Panama

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