Sometimes you meet people who are so unbelievably kind that they set the example on how to measure goodness. Sarai is one of those people. We first met through shared opinions on online forums and since then I have come to respect her enormously.
What I love is that Sarai has had experiences that are pretty unique for gringos. Her five children have been through both private and public schools, most notably in Puente Alto, a suburb that doesn’t always have the greatest reputation. Their story is awe-inspiring albeit with a few knockbacks (mainly with the school system), however Sarai is optimistic – sometimes the only way to gain real widsom is to rise up against challenges. And they have done. From volunteering with the homeless to being outspoken about looking beyond prejudices, Sarai and her family are today well-respected in the community (meaning that a trip with them to the store means hearing a steady stream of “hola”).
But the reason for this blog today is actually because Sarai is unbelievably talented. Insanely so. Nearly everything in their home is handmade, from the table to the jumpers to the toys, and many of it woven by hand on the loom. Below is a recent interview with her about her work and life in Puente Alto. Have a read and maybe commision an order through her Facebook store here.
You have been here 4 years. Why do you like living in Chile, Sarai?
I like living in Chile because it gave me an awareness that the world wasn’t how I thought it was, and that it didn’t revolve around me.
What are some of the things that you can make?
I knit, crochet, restore furniture and clothes and I do needle Felting, nuno Felting, and shibori dying and shibori Felting as well. I use a weaving loom. I work with natural fibres – wool and cotton for the most part – and I make mandalas.
What is your favorite thing to do in Chile?
My favorite thing to do I Chile is walk the streets meeting people….. That sounds weird but the intentions are innocent hah!
You have some amazing tattoos inked by Chilean artists. Where do you go?
For the best tattoos contact Loko Rino at LP Tattoo Studio in La Pintana. He does home visits too. Be aware that the place is not in the best part of town but they have the best people working. These guys are great tattooists: honest, won’t overcharge, they treat everybody with kindness and do what you want them to do. And the art is great.
What is a must-visit in Puente Alto for visitors?
They need to go to the food fondas, before Cajon del Maipo, they have fresh made everything in hornos de barro and great service.
What would you say those people who are new to Chile, or who have never been to a place like Puente Alto
Don’t be afraid to talk to people here and learn to love them and make a difference, because they need people doing just that.
Phone: (+56) 09 5429 1465
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Handmade goods. Making a difference in the world.