We present you Aristides Ramos Salama "Aris" jeweler master who learned this art thanks to his paternal grandfather Santiago from a very young age. He was born in Urubamba where he lived with his family and after a while he moved to Pisac to achieve his dreams.
“Hello, my name is Aris, I am 32 years old and I live in Pisac with my wife and Gael, my son who has just been born. I learned this trade when I was little with my grandfather Santiago. When I was 12 years old, I used to do simple things like rings and spirals, but the most difficult thing was to maintain the temperature so that everything didn't melt and fall apart. I dream that the work I do reaches other places and that the craftsmanship and what is behind each piece and its meaning can be transmitted.
For example, the spiral represents Pachamama, who is mother earth, what we are and where we live and have power, thanks to her she protects us from everything and provides everything. My dream is also that Gael continues with this and achieve that craftsmanship is recognized as the tradition of making with the hands.”
We introduce you Cristian Santa María Zamalloa, a successful and dreamer young artisan, who since he was very young has been working to make Umasbamba, the community in which he lives and where he was born, be recognized as a textile center, rescuing the textile traditions that his grandparents taught him.
“My name is Cristian Santa María, I am 23 years old and I live in the community of Umasbamba with my mother Vicentina, my father and some of my brothers, I am the youngest of the seven and when I was little my grandmother took care of me and she was the one who taught to weave… I have been working since I was 10 years old in different textile centers in Chincheros and with what I have been collecting little by little I have built this small textile center here in my house, because my dream is that my Umasbamba community be recognized for the work what do we do.
Now we have formed the QORI LORAYPO association together with 10 families and I am the president, we have given it that name because it is the name of the traditional fabric here and also of a flower that we use a lot as a deflamant. Our dream is to be able to go to different places telling who we are and where we come from, so that people know us, come to visit us and learn about the different activities that are done here.”
We present WARMI AWADORA, a community of Kichwa women entrepreneurs and guardians of ancestral wisdom, they live in five different communities in the province of Lamas in the San Martin region, what connects them is hand weaving and their interest in maintaining their forests of native cotton which they use to create products that maintain the "iconography of the area".
"We are Kichwa women who make up the collective brand Warmi Awadora (Woman Weaver). We live in the communities of Copal Sacha and Chirik Sacha in the province of El Dorado, and in the communities of Chirikyacu, Chunchiwi and Alto Pucallpillo of the province of Lamas in the San Martín region.
We are currently managing our business from our communities and generating the recovery of our native cotton to use it in the products we make."
We introduce you Marleny Calliañaupa Quillahuaman, a passionate artisan at heart, since she was a child she has been rescuing and sharing her heritage and ancient tradition reflected in the elaboration of textiles for daily use. After many years working on this, she founded the company AWANALLAQTA TOCAPO, where she works together with different women from the Chincheros community in Cusco.
“Hello, my name is Marleny Callañaupa Quillahuaman, I am the youngest of five siblings, when I was little I lived with my grandmother in the community of Piuray and I always saw her weaving, the first thing I learned to weave were ribbons and pinis, at first they did not come out very well, but little by little I improved and I began to take them to the ruins of Chincheros to sell them… with what I earned the first time I bought some things for the house and took them to my grandmother.
Now I am the president of the company AWANALLAQTA TOCAPO, where I work together with my husband Fredy, my children and other women so that everything that our ancestors have transmitted to us is maintained and also that we can give our families a better future. My dream is that one day you can see our designs on the red carpet."
Belén is a Peruvian fashion designer. From a very young age she felt a great fascination and love for the different artistic expressions of Peru. Love that she increased her by studying fashion at the Center for High Fashion Studies. In 2018, she was among the 50 finalists at the international level in the contest organized by Arts of Fashion, she being the only representative from Peru.
“After working on several projects, she decided to undertake Huacca Arcana and do her bit to spread the pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru. "Huacca Arcana was born from joining my two loves: Peru and fashion. Huacca Arcana is a brand that seeks to spread Peruvian pre-Hispanic cultures through fashion.
Mdf wood, non-toxic acrylic paints, stainless steel poles, threads of natural fibers, and reused beads, among others to make the designs. Within our processes, we seek to use the maximum possible of our materials, generating the least amount of waste possible. With our accessories you can always carry a little piece of Peru with you."