“We are Ricardo and Cesar, natives of Lima, the capital of Peru. We consider ourselves to be entrepreneurial, daring, and audacious men. We believe that we can transform ourselves through strength and perseverance. We are very dedicated and responsible.”
Ricardo remembers with pride and a smile on his face that, despite having gone through one of the most difficult moments of his life, the loss of his mother when he was 15 years old, he salvaged the best of her teachings, her wisdom, her way of life, and everything that she transmitted up until her passing. She taught him his passion for art, and from then on it was clear that he would dedicate himself to art, and this is evident in his clothing.
“My mother taught me everything that I know today. As a child, I saw how she put passion into each piece that she wove, and it is precisely that passion that captivated me. The fact that I could create things with my hands always fascinated me. It is totally incredible to see how a simple cone of thread can be transformed into pieces of art.
“Cesar, for his part, shares the same love and passion for this art, which brings us closer. Together, we create this beautiful craft that we share with everyone who desires to learn to weave. Our dream is to show the entire world the art and talent of our textiles.
“Beginning to work on our own was a very tough task since we had to purchase the weaving machines, tables, and accessories. All of this required an amount of money that we did not have at first. It was thanks to my and Cesar’s strength that we were able to get together enough money in order to begin our own workshop.
“We consider ourselves to be creative men with plenty of ideas and designs in mind, and we transform them into something fascinating. Our designs are inspired by geometric figures, the winter atmosphere, and our Andean culture. On its own, design can be a very challenging task, since you have to square away every detail with the utmost precision. When it’s time to weave, if a single part is not woven well, the clothing item may fall apart or become worn quickly.
“Working in our humble workshop, we want to share what we know, incentivizing new generations to get to know this beautiful art. We have the pleasure of working with people of humble means, in whom I have seen progress a lot since they have started to work with us. It is very gratifying to see how they have begun to improve their livelihoods, sending their children to college, etc. with the money that they make working for us. For us, they are not just workers. They are friends who are extremely committed to bringing out the best.
“We are very happy to be part of the Novica family. We are very grateful for this great opportunity to grow and show our art to the world outside of our borders.”