Montecristi is a city in the province of Manabí on the Ecuadorian coast, known for its rich artisan tradition as well as being the cradle of true master craftsmen who innovate and present their best products to the international market. Montecristi is recognized for the production of a wide variety of handicrafts, some of which are detailed below:
Toquilla straw hats: Toquilla straw hats are, without a doubt, the most exclusive craft of Montecristi. These hats are made from toquilla straw fibers, selecting the best strands to weave high-end hats, which undergo a long manufacturing process until they are a finished product.
Toquilla straw Bags: Purses are one of the most used accessories by women, but with ecological fashion it is essential not to have in your closet a toquilla straw purse made from natural fiber in various styles of fabric and shapes, in This canton produces the finest bag in large quantities
Tagua Jewelry: Tagua, also known as vegetable ivory fiber, is a hard seed used to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. In Montecristi, local artisans create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings using tagua in different shades, from white to dark brown.
Basketry Mimbre: Basketry is another common craft in Montecristi, where artisans create beautiful wicker and palm baskets, bags, and other objects using traditional techniques. Basketry pieces are often highly durable and decorated with unique and beautiful designs.