Environmental protection and indigenous rights (Ecuador)
In the early 20th century, indigenous peoples in the area preserved many of the characteristics noted by the Malaespina expedition, which shows a couple of Napo Indians with no clothing.
Quichua women who are now 70 years old tell how their mothers’ generation was persuaded to wear clothes by the missionaries who came to the region around 1920-30 and that the supposedly typical dress that they are wearing is only a modification of what was made at that time –simple cloths tied at the shoulder. The women’s accounts, heard from their mothers, explain how the missionaries sent them to Quito on foot carrying copal to exchange for ccloth to make themselves clothes. At first, they cut rectangles of cloth to tie down none side, and once they had needle, thread and other types of cloth, they created the typical dress which they now wear based on a modified model pf Mayan women.
Photo, Joaquín Otero Úbeda