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Si de lino se trata? Ketty Tinoco es conocida como ‘La dama del lino’ y sus diseños, para novios e invitados, en este material son considerados un patrimonio de la moda colombiana. Cuando esta cartagenera tenía 4 años abrió un baúl en la casa de una de sus tías y se enamoró para siempre. “Fue como abrir un cofre de piedras preciosas”

“In 2000, Cartagena was a cemetery. People were afraid to visit the city and Colombia in general,” says José Rafael Vergara, manager of his wife’s label, Ketty Tinoco, who was one of the first local designers to open a boutique in Cartagena’s colonial quarter.

The sidewalks of the walled city are blanketed with generic handicrafts. For better quality souvenirs, spend the sweltering midday hour dipping into air-conditioned boutiques. You can find, for example, the city’s unofficial uniform — white, head-to-toe — at Ketty Tinoco, which sells classic guayaberas, linen slacks and lacy dresses, as well as colorful children’s clothes.

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It directed me for a coffee to Juan Valdez, a national chain, in the square of the university where Márquez studied and where a smart new hotel called Casa San Augustin has just opened. Nearby there’s a handsome shop called Ketty Tinoco selling the classic guayabera white shirts and Caribbean-inspired embroidered blouses in Irish linen. The Cartagena-born owner is known as “La Dama del Lino” and a new book about her designs is shortly to be translated into English from Spanish. 

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