In Attire
This is me wrapped in a faja.
This is me wrapped in a faja.

This is a picture of me being wrapped by a blanket and a faja. Faja is similar as a belt. The faja has been in my Ecuadorian culture since forever, not just in my family, but to other Ecuadorians. The faja is used in many different ways, in my culture it’s used to wrap up a baby, it prevents them from getting loose, and to make them stronger when they move. It’s also used as a belt for the women’s skirts and for the men’s ponchos, which is a coat.  Before it was called faja our ancestor called it “Mama Chumbi”, both of my great-great-great-great-great etc. grandparents wore them. In my culture it’s currently used to wrap babies, like in the picture, it was also used on my 3 siblings. This is important in my life because it was used from ancient time in Ecuador. I never had a chance to meet my grandma, she passed away when my mom was 12 years old. I’m glad I learned this about my culture, not just by my family but my people. I hope this will go on in the Ecuador culture forever and never be forgotten. 

Place(s): Ecuador
Year: 2001

– Deysi S.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more