Browsing articles tagged with " Arequipa"
11 Jul

Ikigai – In the infinite here & now

 

It translates as ‘our reason for being’ or ‘a reason to jump out of bed in the morning’ – a point of perfect balance, and a sense of fulfillment.

On the Japanese island of Okinawa people believe that finding your Ikigai is the key to longevity and happiness. It is the lens that helps bring your values into focus, leaving the stress and urgency behind, in order to find your purpose, nurture your friendships, and pursue your passions.

Not so much a way of life as a deep understanding of what is already existent in each and every one of us, it is the pursuit and expression of our individuality and harmony.

 

Photo: Leo & Feliciana knitting in our workshop in Arequipa (Peru).

 

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.

 

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.