Sneak Peek: research trip to Peru

Sneak Peek: research trip to Peru

My sample collection that I showcased in March at the Startup Showcase was handmade by me. As you can see in this video, it’s a very labour intensive process and therefore it’s not sustainable for me to make them on my own. I am in search of knitters that I can partner with to develop my range of knitted homeware. I have spent the last year trying to seek out people with the skills and machinery I need. It’s been a challenge and it’s still a work in progress, but I see light at the end of the tunnel…in Peru!

Peru’s textile history goes back almost 10,000 years, the longest continuous record in the world. The ancient tradition of textile production has been passed down through the generations, keeping craftsmanship alive. Peru is therefore the perfect place for me to explore the possibility of working with skilled artisans and supporting their local communities.

For the next month I will be in Peru on a mission to turn my collection into reality. I will be focusing on just a few key pieces, tweaking the colour palette and changing the yarn to a locally sourced quality. I’m not expecting a smooth development process, especially considering the news I have just received. My yarn order, specially dyed and due to be ready for my arrival, was robbed from the van transporting it! I’m now missing 2 colours and only have a third of the yarn I need. It doesn’t matter how much you plan and prepare, some things are uncontrollable. This trip is going to be an adventure! I look forward to sharing everything with you when I return. In the meantime you can follow me on my journey via facebook and twitter.

 

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