Browsing articles tagged with " peru"
15 Nov

To my great teachers

 

Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a textile designer, weaver, writer, printmaker and leading pioneer in 20th century modernism. Forever an explorer and intrepid experimenter with materials and yarns, she put the loom and weaving on the map as a fine art, a form of language that offered endless possibilities of expression.

Amongst all the countries across Latin America that Anni had travelled to, it was Peru and its artisans that she grew particularly fond of, and that influenced her work. She always stated the ancient Peruvian craft as the highest achievement weaving could aspire to, unsurpassed, to her mind, in inventiveness of weave structure, use of color & timelessness in its beauty.

Peruvian textiles and weaving set the bar by which we understand the possibilities of yarns. Deeply inspired, Anni’s intricate and fearlessly entangled weaving is complex as much as it is joyous and luminous all at once, each twist and knot a narrative of her devotion and passion for the craft.

So much so, that she humbly dedicated her book On Weaving “to my great teachers, the weavers of ancient Peru.”

 

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).

 

19 Oct

Cuzco: “A dream come true”

 

 

 

When Irving Penn was sent to Cuzco for his first fashion assignment on site in 1948, little did he know it would mark an important turning point in his career, and life. Captivated by what he saw, Penn decided not to return to New York, but to stay in the “old and remote heart of America” to photograph its people.

For Penn, who had previously been more inclined to shoot in closed spaces, photographing the people in the streets of Cuzco became a revelatory adventure that would lead to 2000 photographs of residents and visitors from villages nearby. The series became his first set of portraits whose principles would define all following ethnographic portraits he would make in the consecutive 25 years.

Despite the language barrier and a world of differences, Penn managed to merge and convey both, exoticism and everyday life of his subjects who, without words, were able to “span the gulf between our different worlds”.

Cuzco was, as he would go on to describe it, “a dream come true”.

 

05 Nov

Exquisite Vicuña

knitbrary - exquisite vicuna

knitbrary - exquisite vicuna

knitbrary - exquisite vicuna

knitbrary - exquisite vicuna

 

Vicuña is the finest fiber in the world.

 

This wild, shy and graceful camelid is perfectly adapted to the cold and dry climate of the Peruvian Andes uplands (from 3.800 to 4.800 meters above sea level).

 

These beautiful animals are shared only once every two years, at the end of the summer, following a precise ritual: the chakku, producing around 250 grams of soft, luster, ultra-fine, short and extremely dense hair with an extraordinary temperature regulating properties.

 

Gathering and processing this extremely rare and exclusive fiber is a time-consuming process carried out according to tradition.

 

With this amazing yarn we have created a sensory v-round vicuña pullover.

 

Pictures from our last travel to the Andes.

 

08 Apr

Distilled emotions

 

We have distilled tastes, textures and emotions to give you a sense of the Peruvian Andes.

Capturing the emerging colors from the heart of their streets and walls we have painted with our hands these beautiful scarves.