"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!"
Marianella Asto designs an elegant poncho featuring a radiant flower set to blossom over the wearer's heart. Asto knits the poncho of genuine alpaca wool, with it's soft warmth brightly enhanced by the poncho's cherry red hue.
Sublime elegance and handcrafting expertise are combined in the design of this extraordinary capelet. Women from Runakay Association crochet the capelet by hand in a mottled brown hue featuring a snug turtleneck and draping back. They work with yarns....read more
Exquisitely feminine, this ivory and gray vest is crocheted by hand by women from Peru's Runakay Association. They work with soft pima cotton in a design with a low v-neck and a fitted waist to tie as desired. The abundant lapel falls behind the shoulders....read more
A florid waterfall showers this cape with exquisite elegance. Celinda Jaco crochets the fringe by hand on the hem of this alpaca blend cape, using the same fabric to cover the buttons. Once reserved for the Inca aristocracy and later for special occasions,....read more
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