Areli Hernández Vega
basket weaver, Ráquira
Areli Hernández works with fique (type of sisal) and esparto (needle grass) to make a variety of traditional crafts including fruit baskets, backpacks, and other decorative objects. She is a member of a craft collective in Ráquira that is dedicated to promoting traditional crafts and skills.
Areli Hernández Vega weaves a baskets with esparto, a type of needle grass commonly used to make crafts in the Andean Highlands. Photo by Cristina Díaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution