The last time I was in Boquete, my friends and I decided to stop by the library to see the exhibition of quilts.
The top floor of the library had a very nice space for exhibitions. On this day it was full of quilts by the Volcan Quilters. I found their website HERE. The main purpose of this organization is to teach local women to sew and quilt, and give them a skill they can use to earn money. I talked with Sherri Jones from the organization who told me that it is going very well, and some of the women are supporting their entire family with their skills.
I thought it was very interesting to see these quilts – something we have all seen, but here with the artistic skill and taste of these Panamanian women. The first thing that struck me were the bright, vivid colors that made the entire room come alive! There were some more traditional designs, and also a lot of original and creative designs, some I never would have thought of seeing in a quilt. There were quilts to put on your bed or wall, as well as bags and purses, all reasonably priced when you consider the materials, skill, and considerable time it takes to make one of these creations.
If there is a exhibition of these quilts in your area I think it’s worth the time to go see them. And, if you are able to support them, buy something beautiful and/or help them with money or materials. There is an easy donation button on their website, or instructions on how to send supplies on their “about us” page.