Pasto Varnish

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Pasto Varnish - The art of mopa mopa

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Pasto Varnish

 

Pasto varnish, or mopa mopa, is a traditional technique of decorating objects with wood resin obtained from the leaves of a shrub called the wild mopa mopa, which grows in the jungles of Putumayo and is harvested twice a year. Manual dexterity is fundamental in the process; the resin is cooked, cleaned, and passed through a mill, then softened with hot water, and stained with vegetable dyes and minerals. 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Hiking up volcanoes and visiting museums, churches, nature reserves, and beaches within reach of Pasto are all on the itinerary in Nariño.