"When I was a little girl I loved playing at having a trade and I enjoyed making things with my hands. Now as a grownup I get to do it for real!"
"I was born in the beautiful department of Cerro de Pasco, but when I was 5 years old I went to live in Lima with my godmother while my parents continued working as farmers in my hometown. I studied up to second year in middle school and then my love for textiles took over as I took courses in tailoring, knitting, crochet, toy-making and appliqué.
"I began working in a project with mothers who also wanted to learn about making toys, knitting and crochet. I worked in a variety of things, from bringing over things from Chile to sell in Peru to opening my own store to sell sweaters, but that didn't work. In 2002 I started knitting informally, but thanks to the advice of my husband and children who specialize in textiles, I've been able to establish my own venture. I am constantly taking courses to hone my skills and develop further.
"Life is full of surprises, good and bad. I remember that once, back when I used to travel the countryside to sell different merchandise, a taxi driver took off with everything after I had finished loading the car and before I had the chance to get in. I took another cab trying to catch up, but we never made it. However, one of my clients saw everything and identified the taxi.
"I thought I had lost everything, when this client called me and asked me to meet him at his house and as I walked in, I was amazed to see all of my merchandise there! I was so grateful to God and to this client!
"When I was a little girl I loved playing at having a trade and I enjoyed making things with my hands. Now as a grownup I get to do it for real!
"My art comes from a combination of skill and creativity. I combine flat knitting with hand-embroidered details. It is very inspiring and motivating to create items that are different to what everybody else is doing. I've exhibited my creations in different fashion shows and fairs throughout Peru.
"The biggest goal I had set for myself was to be recognized, and I'm achieving it. I am so excited about joining Novica and having a chance to meet you all, the customers. I hope you like my designs and appreciate the fact each one is made with a lot of dedication, effort, and love for this art. Thank you for trusting in me!"
Pre-Hispanic butterflies adorn a handsome handloomed cloak. Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado selects the colors of Huaytapallana, a snowcapped mountain in the province of Huancayo. The warm but lightweight garment is based on the....read more
When the mist falling over the Andes hides the majestic peaks, a road to home is invented in the eternal warmth of alpaca wool. In proud tribute to their roots, Faustino Maldonado and his family weave this song of nostalgic voices, the ideal accompaniment....read more
Characterized by strict geometry, design motifs from the Inca empire appear on warm brown. Faustino Maldonado and his family weave a dramatic poncho in an alpaca wool blend, conjuring ancient Andean icons. Prized by the Inca, alpaca wool is fine and....read more
In the tradition of the Andes, Celinda Jaco designs a handsome poncho for men. The warm v-neck poncho is woven of a soft alpaca blend and finished by hand. Once reserved for the Inca aristocracy and later for special occasions, alpaca is coveted for....read more
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