Santarém is a great place to pick up inexpensive and well-made local and indigenous artesanato. Loja Muiraquitã (Rua Senador Lameira Bittencourt 131, tel. 93/3522-7164) has a diverse array of intriguing objects ranging from wood carvings to musical instruments.
At Cerámica Tapajoara (Rua Ururara 318, Santana, tel. 93/3524-5189), you’ll find replicas of traditional pottery made thousands of years ago by Tapajó Indians.
Not to be missed are the wonderfully original clothing and accessories made by Dica Frazão (Rua Floriano Peixoto 281, tel. 93/3522-1026) out of her home that doubles as an atelier and museum. In her 80s, Dica is a local legend, a stylist whose remarkable items made out of natural fibers such as buriti palm, canarana straw, and tree bark, and accessorized with colorful seeds and feathers, are notable for their refined tailoring that can easily be called Amazon chic.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition