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White deer parade around a warm Andean chullo hat with earflaps. Finely knitted of an alpaca wool blend, they are framed by bands of ocean waves. Sebasti�n Alayna Condere knits the hat in toasty brown and black.
"My wife also knits. I love colors – the combinations and their happiness is part of life for people from Huancavelica… We work hard day by day so that our history reaches beyond borders."
"I was born January 20, 1933 in the Yauli district of the Comunidad de Ambato in Huancavelica. From my childhood on, I saw the people of my village create wonderful things with their hands. My grandparents, then parents, thus from generation to generation this story followed its course.
"I come from a humble family and for us, handicrafts are a part of our lives, enabling us to support our families and bring home a little money. We lived in a small and simple house. Thanks to our textiles, we've been able to build brick walls and make it a little more secure. We are a family that is supportive of one another. We all belong to one single unit. I give thanks to God for being able to get ahead and reach a market for my work.
"My wife also knits. I love colors – the combinations and their happiness is part of life for people from Huancavelica.
"In our town, we've formed associations that have helped our work reach many people from outside the village. We work hard day by day so that our history reaches beyond borders. Then our textiles can be recognized in every corner of the world."
I just received my pair of alpaca gloves. These are very well made and worth the price. Thanks Mr. Condere and keep up t he great work!
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Fairbanks, Alaska USA
Absolutely wonderful handmade winter gloves. Beautiful colors! Will be a joy to wear and to give as gifts. I will definitely purchase more of this artists items.
Dear Sebastian, I would like to thank you for the beautiful pair of 'Autumn Songbirds' hand-knit gloves which I have just received. They just make me smile, they are so beautiful; I feel like Joseph in his technicolour dreamcoat, when I am wearing them ! Very Best Wishes,