The Mystery of Shells



The people who walk along the beaches selling shell craft are popularly known as “Mangueadores”. They make a kind of hanger where they hang the necklaces and bracelets. They also carry them in their necks and arms.
A typical expression in these places is, “I’m going to ‘manguear’ in the beaches.”

How Many?

There are no official statistics about the quantity of workshops operating in this region, of the total number of people working in this craft, nor the volume of production and sales. It is in the direct day-by-day interaction with the artisans, collectors, salespersons, and “mangueadores”, and in historic narratives that we can find the exact dimension of this activity that became a way of life for thousands of people.