20 Apr

La durana

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Before we knit each of our pieces we always have to do some tests first with the yarn and the pattern which we have decided to knit. It’s a necessary step always.

In our case, this turns into one of the most crucial and delicate moments in which it is important to be patient and to take time.

Getting involved and observe closely. And, it is then when we must determine the right tension needed for knitting each piece, in other words, the ‘durana’. For us, this is not simply a number, but more importantly, a name: Sabina, Lorgia, Alejandrina, Nélida,…

Each knitter has her own pulse, her own heartbeat – unique, not precise – that varies with her emotions and thoughts and which, in the end, will decipher the end result.

Throughout the years and our close collaboration, admiration and getting to know one another, we are almost certain about which number or durana is ‘the one’ but above all, we love when the time comes to guess the name: ‘Tension Feliciana’ 18/04/18. We smile.

 

28 Mar

Powerful identity

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It takes the hand to create individuality, and the hand to understand it…

Small variations in color or texture naturally occur in artisanal processes where the majority of steps are done manually. Each of our pieces develops their own uniqueness & identity in the creation in which time is a pivotal ingredient. There is no way of speeding what we do up.

Sublime imperfection will always take time.

 

Photo of our Trace Funnel Sweater in the making.

 

15 Mar

It’s in the details

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The care and dedication of each member, from the alpaca farmers to the yarn spinners, dyers and knitters to the designer, is key to creating excellent knitted pieces. More than just working closely together, we share the same values, ethic and passion for our work and believe that this marks the difference.

Although not each piece is made entirely by hand, the majority of steps involved in the process requires great precision and is only done manually, the artisans trusting the feel of the yarn and knitting in the palms of their hands. That is why each member’s effort is so important.

At first glance it might be hard to appreciate, but when you look closely, you will feel nothing but the fine soothing softness and beauty of a KNITBRARY piece.  And this can only be achieved through extremely delicate craftsmanship, the loving and uncompromising attention to all detail.

Photo of Felix in our workshop in Arequipa.

 

01 Mar

The artisan´s signature

 

Character, slowly and patiently carved out. Emotion, lovingly infused, knot by knot. There is tension, yet also gentleness. Your piece carries a signature as unique as its maker’s most trustworthy tool – their hands.

 

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22 Feb

Let winter be winter

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Time is so precious and it is essential that we cherish every day and give the important moments our undivided attention and the appreciation that they truly deserve. Because that is when we understand that time does not really fly, nor does it last forever, … it is precisely the pace we choose it to be.

Let winter be winter and let it embrace you in its calmest & warmest form.

 

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