Saturday, April 17, 2010

Costa Rica oxcarts

During my trip to Costa Rica we stopped in a quaint artisan town called Sarchi. It is known for its beautiful arts, crafts and souvenirs.   It is mostly recognized for the lovely painted oxcarts. The largest and and oldest oxcart factory is found in Sarchi.







Each oxcart I saw looked like a beautiful piece of artwork. They are highly ornate and elegantly carved and painted with beautiful bright colors. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart played an important role in the country's history. The oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans to the markets. If you should visit Costa Rica, Sarchi is definitely worth a visit. And wouldn't it be cool to have one of these oxcarts in your yard.

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31 comments:

  1. Very beautiful artwork on the carts! I saw a cart, similarly painted while at World Showcase at Walt Disney World. The cart was at the Italy pavilion and was being used to sell desserts.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pa_shutterbug/4293309106/

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  2. They are real artworks indeed, so beautiful that I couldn't leave them outside in a yard. Many nice places you've visited.

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  3. Maia, thank for your comment. You are right, maybe the oxcart would be better under a covered porch.

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  4. hello,
    molto belli questi carri così colorati, assomigliano molto ai " carretti Siciliani ".
    Buona giornata Myriam :-)

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  5. Hi, wow they are a work of art, great shot... we call the icecart in the Phils. 'sorbetes'

    Remains of the old Dabaw
    TV above my coffee
    The Cosmos

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  6. Very beautiful carts and nicely photographed by you :)

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  7. Those are so beautiful. It is amazing to me how artistic people can be. Great photos my friend. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  8. Eileen those are amazing! Art museum worthy. I've never heard of this folk art before -- thank you for telling us about it. The one with birds is just fantastic.

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  9. A novel idea to decorate oxcarts! The artwork looks as if it has been painstakingly done!

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  10. Wandered over here from Kilaulea Poetry. Fun blog and great photos. I'll have to put Costa Rica on may places to visit. Very amazing ox carts. Those people take their art seriously.

    Also like you name and the way you spell it. I'm about an hour and a half from Yellowstone. Yes, the creatures there are cool. Grand Teton NatPark is my very favorite.

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  11. Those are gorgeous. Nice to see a necessary item like their ox carts so beautifully decorated. Maybe we should paint out cars like this.
    ;-)

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  12. Beautiful work of art, Eileen. And very colorful too. Great shot.

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  13. The carts look great and what a piece of art. Thanks for showing!

    Christina, sweden

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  14. really..they are gorgeous..congrats
    Have a nice sunday
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  15. Very artistic design of the oxcart, very colorful.

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  16. That is art with a difference. They are great and as you say one in the garden would be great. I have birds in my garden today.

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  17. I would love to visit Costa Rica and I'm sure I will one of these years. That art looks outstanding, very unique.

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  18. Beautiful work of art! People are so talented. Glad you captured it.

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  19. Great shots, those carts are beautiful!

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  20. Unique carts and nice designs too. :-)

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  21. The carts are so beautiful. Strange they look like old fashion Chinese ones. With people pulling them,

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  22. Beautiful carts. Glad you shared them. :)

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  23. Oh so pretty! I would love to have one of those for my garden....Christine

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  24. That is really amazing art work...so much detail. My friend actually bought one of these and brought it home to California!! It sits in her dining room!

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  25. Highly decorative - I love them.

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  26. Super cool designs/artwork on these oxcarts.

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  27. OH my!! I've been looking for an ox cart for such a long time..

    These are gorgeous... The design and artwork is simply amazing!

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