Cultural Tour Gauchos : Traditional Arts, handicrafts and Legacy

Cultural Tour Gauchos : Traditional Arts, handicrafts and Legacy

Tailored Cultural Tour Gauchos including the cultural and arts legacy of Gauchos and Criollos beautifully preserved since the colonial times in this area of the Pampa of Argentina: in towns and Estancias.

 

 

Cultural Tour Gauchos pintor gaucho

 

 

 

San Antonio de Areco is a community that nested generation after generation the knowledge and spirit of the handicrafters that mixed the immigrants artisanal skills with the roots and environment of the native locals.

 

 

 

gaucho pottery san antonio de areco

 

 

Quite unique workshops filled with basic and old devices and tools, where the experienced artisans turn used and new materials into old fashion pieces of work.

 

The program:

– 8:20am hotel/address pick up in Buenos Aires
– 10:00am arrival to San Antonio de Areco: Guided tour visiting a Creole Silversmith´s Workshop. handbuilding Pottery and painting demonstration. Textile studio: Natural dye of wool and hand woven indian style textile pieces in working looms. Chocolate and “alfajores” artisanal factory. Locally handmade cheeses and sausages shop.
– 1:30pm lunch in typical local parrilla (steakhouse)
– 3:00pm walking tour in the colonial historical neighborhood: Main square, San Antonio´s church, 100 years old gauchos´ bars.
– 4:00pm departure from San Antonio de Areco gaucho town, return to Buenos Aires
– Approx. 6:00pm arrival to Buenos Aires

 

 

 

gaucho old bar pulperia

 

 

This cultural gauchos tour includes:
– Round trip with hotel/address pick-up in vehicle with official license and special insurance
– All the activities, tickets and transfers within the town
– Bilingual local guide
– Lunch
– Horseback ride

 

 

gaucho tour museum in Areco

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More on gaucho culture in Spanish: Gaucho culture in Spanish

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Everyday Full Day Cultural Tour Gauchos departing from Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco (can also include visit to an Estancia)

 

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith: Born in San Antonio de Areco, from a family of farmers in the province of Buenos Aires. Inspired by a strong vocational impulse, and generating a great technical command of the trade learned solely through experience, intuition, and a creative genius that earned him prestige as the re-discoverer of traditional Argentina silverwork.

 

His Draghi silversmith concerns and unique ability to handle the chisel led him to be in 1971, one of the 38 craftsmen present in the first week of Crafts Exposition in San Antonio de Areco.

 

spurs san antonio de areco Draghi silversmith

 

Midway through the 20th century, silverwork in Argentina was losing its essence, as well as one of its most important qualities: its identity.

Industrialization stripped the works of their unique character, just as it did to so many other trades, substituting individual craft with the generic printing techniques of mass production.

 

san antonio de areco Draghi silversmith history

 

Ricardo Güiraldes from San Antonio de Areco took the journey of preserving the gaucho spirit of the epoch intact-embodied in his immortal Don Segundo Sombra acclaimed book: the most important novel about gauchos.

His work demands commitment to the preservation of the estate of noble traditions passed from generation to generation.

 

juan jose Draghi silversmith in san antonio de areco

 

Therefore it’s not by chance that Juan José Draghi silversmith, devoted advocate of these values, always speak out loud: “I became a silversmith because I was born in Areco.” In San Antonio de Areco he found the source of inspiration to develop his work and start with tenacity upon a self-taught path.

He undertook a profound study on national fashions and customs, and inspired himself by trying to re-create the classic pieces on exhibition in the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum of the Gaucho, and wear by real gauchos in the Estancias.

 

workshop Draghi silversmith

 

The handicrafts of Juan Jose Draghi silversmith are today spread out in a tour throughout the world. Many of them are very far away from Areco and Estancias, where they were conceived.

Juan José Draghi is faithful interpreter of the aesthetic personality characterized by the gaucho and its current expression, his contemporary equivalent.

 

Juan Jose Draghi silversmith was devoted to his principles, as well. Another loyalty that stand out.

 

This silversmith that is important in San Antonio de Areco and Argentina, has received many awards and satisfactions of a different order. But we imagine that none can be so overtaken experienced as when he was handed the gifts to be given to the Kings of Spain, Don Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. That “facón” sheathed silver and gold, and that “rastra”, must be the most admirable few garments created by Draghi silversmith

 

Draghi silversmith full day tour san antonio de areco

 

Presidents of USA: Reagan and Bush; the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Turki and Saud Faisal Al Saud; Chancellor Hellmut Kohl of Germany, among other world figures, have presents in silver with the Draghi´s punch.

The flag bearer of the Argentina Army 1st Battalion Logistics and their escorts, will take forever pieces of work of this great Argentina silversmith.

 

Currently his sons are still nurturing this art: Juan Patricio and Mariano, whose pieces have been selected to represent Argentina craftworks in the United States and France for World Cup 1994.

 

Partially extracted from the website of Draghi Plateros Orfebres, and Comodoro Juan José Güiraldes letter from May 9th, 1994.

 

You have the opportunity of visiting this great Criollo silversmith workshop in San Antonio de Areco and many other artisans in this Full Day Tour to the Gaucho town Areco

 

Mas acerca de las tradiciones del gaucho en Español: Tradiciones en Tour de Estancia Buenos Aires y San Antonio de Areco

Bus tickets and Tours to San Antonio de Areco and Estancias near Buenos Aires

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