We always seek to buy local, authentic crafts where we know our purchase will support the community. For those visiting Ecuador, we highly recommend @olgafischfolklore. They are a treasure trove of authentic Ecuadorian crafts, honouring respecting and featuring the best of local artisans. Even better - they have a museum of Pre-Colombian fine art that you can visit before you shop. Expect to find traditional, one-of-a-kind, hand-woven alpaca scarves, bags and art.