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Fantastic Combination Tri-Color Suede Accented 100% Baby Alpaca Ruana from Peru

Fantastic Combination Tri-Color Suede Accented 100% Baby Alpaca Ruana from Peru

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-373505

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Combining hues of snow white, crimson, and tan, Peruvian artisan Stefano Basso creates this fantastic ruana. He works with 100% baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing. This warm accessory is accented with suede and petite fringes.

  • materials: 100% alpaca, suede accents
  • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
29.5 in. L x 53 in. W; Fringe: 1.2 in. L

Dry cleaning recommended;Dry clean or hand wash in cold water

Artisan Information

Stefano Basso

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I was born in Valdagno Vicenza, Italy in 1956. I've always been tempted by the world of fashion. I'm passionate about art and design, and I wanted to be a part of the process of turning threads and fibers into apparel. In the beginning, it was very difficult and I took some jobs I didn't enjoy. But each one brought me a bit closer to the work I do today.

I first visited Lima in 2008 after being invited by a group of miners from Cajamarca. At the time, I was the director of the school of arts and crafts in Vicenza and wanted to pursue a project to develop crafts in Latin America.

"In 2009, I returned when I was invited to exhibit 'The Jeweler's Creativity' in the Peruvian Jewelers' Congress. I had fallen in love with the country and realized the latent potential in Peru's developing crafts and the talented artisans who create them.

"While I was the director of an arts and crafts school in Italy, I worked with many European Union projects in Latin America. We sent teachers to a number of different countries. This resulted in a brainstorm of creative ideas, and was just what I needed to give me the confidence to carry out my personal projects. It was — without a doubt — a big push. I had to travel constantly.

"Our materials are quite difficult to work with. We use royal baby alpaca, which is the finest alpaca fleece available, as it is less than 19 microns in diameter. We also use vicuña, considered by many to be the finest natural fiber in the world, as well as Peruvian pima cotton with its fine, long fibers. All present a challenge when woven by hand on a traditional floor loom.

"What I most enjoy the most about my work is the challenge of creating a fine and delicate handwoven textile with excellent Peruvian materials and skilled artisan hands. This is how we achieve such high quality results that are almost impossible to copy.

"I'm convinced that we'll be able to create woven apparel and textiles that will be recognized around the world. I love to create and challenge my capabilities. I also study the ancient weaving techniques that seem to disappear when new technology emerges.

"My inspiration comes from the places I've visited and what I've read about the arts while traveling along this long path of creativity, visiting museums and craft shows, and observing nature. I'm very grateful for the opportunity you have given me to present my apparel. I consider my creations to be of excellent quality and now, I can present the best of my work and Peru's culture."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

Shipping

United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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