La Estrella: A Town of Handicrafts
La estrella (The Star) is a town where you will not find people, but handicrafts. The fact is it turns out to be a reproduction of any Cuban small village: it has a roundabout, a tower, shops and many other options, among which you can get to know in more depth how it is to live, at least structurally, in a small community in this Caribbean island.
On your way to the hotels in the northern cays of Villa Clara, in the municipality of Caibarién, you can stop in La Estrella and walk along the streets in this small village, which opens from Monday to Sunday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
The thoroughfares are taken by handicrafts of the most diverse forms and styles. Here you may find from a key ring to an oil painting with the classical Chevrolet automobiles, which still run in the country. There is plenty of costume jewelry of diverse materials and for different occasions, clothes painted by hand, wooden carvings, leather and clay goods, summery footwear, among many more.
Although it is a wide fair, you can find the most varied makings any place. It is as if they were chasing the visitors, though no one seems to complain. Not even the intense sun is an impediment to admire and acquire so much colorfulness.
Yariel Valdés González
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez