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Mantas de Cholita

Turning the corner with macrame. Nearly one hundred years ago Bolivian Cholitas took on this handwork. Like their knitting compatriots, rounding or squaring the corner is well, well done. These pieces are done 30-40 years ago we reckon. Store bought machine embroidered fabric adorned in hand knotted macrame. Women’s work while tending their stores or spots in the market or while tending to their children.

 

 

Sucre Market and Wedding

 

What were we doing 30 years ago? While quarantining we found photos of a harrowing trip to a village known for amazing weavings. Hitched a ride on soda and beer delivery truck, sitting atop bottles of Fantas. Upon arriving and getting situated in a classroom at the local school for sleeping accommodation for 4 days, an invitation to partake in wedding celebration came our way. We couldn’t turn it down. Started drinking chicha, eating potatoes and goat and a guinea pig. Slept on kids desks together in a classroom with no electricity.
Just followed the teacher who got us the room to sleep. We spoke very little Spanish and most the people of the village spoke Quechua. Wonderful hospitality without any ties. Our intention was to visit several villages to buy textiles but after the encounter we couldn’t put business into such an experience.

The Arroyo Three Piece

Arroyo Three Piece Set

The sun rising above the altiplano, embroidered directly on these new hand knit gloves, hat and scarf. This has us looking forward to hiking in the Sierra again. The embroidered circles are reminiscent of the arroyos seen while hiking just outside of Cajamarca, Peru. What are arroyos exactly? Glad that you should ask!  

An arroyo, also called a wash, is a dry creek, stream bed or gulch that temporarily or seasonally fills and flows after sufficient rain. With water brings new life! The arroyo is the inspiration behind these hand crocheted bright happy colored, warm, soft alpaca accessories. Click here to check out the hat our model Sydney is wearing!

That Victorian Velvet Look

Squiggle Cuffs Burgundy-Red Ribbed Velvet

Remember Downton Abbey? I couldn’t get enough of their beautiful clothing. Can’t believe it was all hand made. The fabrics and colors and textures inspired us to create our velvet fingerless cuffs. Our fabrics are laced with elastic to create the crinkled look or the ribbed look. Each trimmed in our signature bubble trim then wrapped in a pink bow, perfect for gift giving. Collars and velvet hats to match.

 

Madame Crawly. Love the collar!

Crinkle Cuffs in Ecru, Sumi Charcoal, and Coral

 

Elyssa wearing the Crinkle Cuffs in Coral. Note the thumb hole . . . 

 

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