"I will never let go of either my grandfather or my grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young."
Faustino Maldonado's artistry has been featured in Sunset magazine.
Faustino Maldonado was born in Hualhuas. Because his parents and grandparents were artisans, he learned at an eary age to weave on rustic looms, to prepare the warp using the pushca, and spin on the rueca. Since he first started weaving, Maldonado has mastered the art and has immensely improved the quality of his textiles. Maldonado's work is a representation of the art that has been passed down from generation to generation within his family. The family motto has been, "I will never let go of either my grandfather or grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young." Based on this family philosophy, Maldonado and his relatives have been making large bedspreads in high relief without any stitching. They also proudly craft sheep wool and alpaca tapestries, purses, backpacks, cushions, and vests. The Maldonado family's works have become increasingly popular.
Alpaca wool forms intricate geometric patterns in natural colors. The undyed yarn showcases the soft beige, cream, brown and black tones of this Andean animal. Faustino Maldonado and his family weave a cloak of extraordinary beauty.
Working in luxurious alpaca wool, Faustino Maldonado creates a handsome hooded cloak for men. The warm but lightweight garment is based on the traditional poncho. Buttons crafted from dried mate gourds secure each side.
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
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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