Sunday, April 16, 2006
TRADITIONAL OXCART OF COSTA RICA
Located in the Central Mountain Range, not far from Costa Rica's capital city of San Jóse, the town of Sarchí is the center of Costa Rica's painted oxcart industry. According to legend, around 1910 a farmer was suddenly inspired to spruce up the appearance of his oxcart. He painted the wheels with multi-colored designs. Others copied his designs and oxcart painting became a uniquely Costa Rican art form. At one time each district in the country had its own special design, and people could tell by looking at an oxcart what region it came from. Until about thirty years ago, oxcarts were the principal means of transporting coffee beans and other agricultural products to market. Today some farmers still rely on this traditional method of transporting their goods.