They are not used as beasts of burden like llamas, but are valued only for their wool, of which the Indian blankets and ponchos are made.
The native manufactures include tanned leather, saddles, shoes, ponchos, woollen and cotton cloth, fibre sandals and sacking, blankets, coarse matting and coarse woollen carpets.
They gathered ponchos and a blanket, just in case afternoon showers arrived a bit early.
They manufacture copper boilers for making sugar and understand several trades, weave ponchos and hammocks and make straw hats.
An important branch of this industry is the manufacture of " zarapes " (called ponchos " in other parts of Spanish America) - a blanket slit in the centre for the head to pass through, and worn in place of a coat by men of the lower classes.