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Alpaca wool forms intricate geometric patterns in natural colors. The undyed yarn showcases the soft beige, cream, brown and black tones of this Andean animal. Faustino Maldonado and his family weave a cloak of extraordinary beauty.
The piece takes its name from the artisan town of Hualhuas.
The Maldonado's hometown, Hualhuas, is a renowned textile center. It is there that Faustino and his wife learned to weave from their parents who learned from their parents before them. The Maldonado family motto defines what it means to be a Keeper of the Arts - "I will never let go of either my grandfather or grandson's hands, for what I have learned from the elders, I will teach to the young."
Faustino truly understands the meaning of community. He feels a great responsibility for his assistants. He knows that, without their wages, his workers would be unable to care for their families. Novica sales have brought stability to the Maldonado Family workshop. they are no longer dependent upon tourism and can now meet their monthly expenses.
The steady income that Novica sales bring have enabled the Maldonado Family to expand their workshop. They are now one of the largest workshops in Hualhuas and this has led to an increase in the income they receive from tourism. In addition to their full-time helpers, they are able to give seasonal work to other artisans.
Faustino and the Maldonado Family workshop have been featured in many publications, among them El Comercio in which Faustino was shown alongside former Peruvian President, Fernando Belaunde.
During times of high demand for his weavings, Faustino hires temporary workers. He has employed several blind artisans who excel at hand spinning.
Faustino struggles to manage his diabetes. He follows a special diet and receives ongoing treatment.
Just received the Hualhuas Night Peruvian Alpaca Wool Men's Poncho. It's a beautiful poncho and the craftsmanship exhibited in the weaving by the Maldonado family is extraordinary. Love the natural colors of the undyed yarn and the soft feel of the Alpaca wool. I look forward to wearing this for many years.
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