Last April, I visited my home town in Peru to research producers for our clothes. I came up with idea to develop a hand made sweater with natural dyes. My journey began with a visit to Arequipa, where my grandfather is from. It was my second time in the city and felt so exciting; I loved the vibe and the people.
My first adventure started with a 3 hour-long road trip, where I saw vicuñas and alpacas. Twenty minutes later we arrived in the farm at Patacollana-Arequipa. I could see how the alpacas were living, their conditions, and met the people in charge of them. It was an eye-opening experience and I loved every minute. Alex is the contact and the person in charge of bringing wool into the city, while his partner works in the office and farm. They work together in Arequipa city with a group of wonderful ladies, knitting and dying the wool for the sweaters, and knitting them by hand.
My visit inspired me, and I am proud to introduce Maqu’s first sweater made in Arequipa.