"I draw inspiration from our ancient Peruvian cultures, Andean village life, and from our snow-capped mountains."
"I have faced many challenges during my life, and I have learned from them. Perhaps the most difficult was when I was obliged to leave my house in Ayacucho with my family. I had to make this painful decision because there was no other way. This was during the 1980s, when terrorism was bleeding my people to death and there seemed little hope.
"Artisans in my region were considerably affected when tourism halted. Even now that Ayacucho is at peace, we remain in our city home; we created a new life here, and are thankful that Ayacucho is flourishing and we can visit it.
"Our sales have expanded greatly since we began working with Novica and I have been able to support some of my compatriots by offering them a job. Other artisans who used to help me but had to stop working for lack of sales are now able to return to my workshop – thankfully abandoning occupations that did not stimulate their creativity or interests.
"My greatest goal is to continue to educate and guide my children towards fulfillment, knowing that a good destiny must await them. I have three children; for me they represent the continuation of life – and hopefully of art, too.
"Novica is the change of my life, especially as a human being. Before Novica, I sold my products at a local indigenous market. I never received a big order, or constant orders, until Novica. I was planning to move to Cuzco with my looms and family, to try my luck with the tourist market there. But those plans stopped when I met Novica. In just a few months my income increased so much that I couldn't believe it.
"By 2002, I was Novica's top-selling artisan. After eight years with Novica, I have now been able to pay for my three kids' education, easily. My little girl is now at the University! To be able to give my family a better lifestyle and security pleases me. Novica recognizes and values my art, respects a fair price, and promotes me as an individual. Thanks to Novica, people now know me worldwide. This has opened up many opportunities I never expected.
"Twenty-five fellow artisans now assist me with my orders, and I have been training them to become as well known as myself. My Novica income has made it possible for me to finance the purchase of 15 lands for them, where they are able to build their own workshops. Their loyalty and trust make me so happy. I have been able to greatly improve my own workshop, to purchase a new house for my family, to purchase a computer and to get connected to the Internet, and to buy the first car anyone in this family has ever owned."
All products from Cerapio Vallejo
Wool rug, 'Dazzling Stars' (6x8.5)
Wool rug, 'Colors' (6x9)
Wool tapestry, 'Nazca Animals'
Wool cushion covers, 'Mountains' (pair)
Wool rug, 'Floral Bud' (6x8)
Wool runner, 'Highland Sunset' (2x5)
Wool rug, 'Earth in Balance' (2x5)
Wool rug, 'Sunrise' (4x5)
Wool rug, 'Sunny Earth' (4x5)
Wool placemats, 'Pukio Lake' (set of 4)
Wool placemats, 'Sumac Beauty' (set of 4)
Wool cushion covers, 'Zebra' (set of 4)
Cotton coasters, 'Black Universe' (set of 4)
Wool runner, 'Spring Buds' (2x5.5)
Wool rug, 'Hummingbirds' (6x8)
Wool rug, 'Sunset' (4x6)
Wool tapestry, 'Inca Calendar Cubes'
Wool tapestry, 'Birds and Flowers'
Wool tapestry, 'Hummingbird'
Wool rug, 'Multicolor' (4x6)
Wool tapestry, 'Birds and Butterflies'
Wool runner, 'Sun Tulips' (2x7)
Wool runner, 'Sunrise Stripes' (2x5)
Wool tapestry, 'Fields of Green'
Wool tapestry, 'Sea Harvest'
Wool tapestry, 'Cantuta Flower'
Wool runner, 'Plane Geometry' (3x11)
Wool rug and covers, 'Wari Star' (6x9)
Wool rug, 'Calendar Months' (4x6)
Wool rug, 'Modern Beige' (6.5x8.5)
Wool rug,' Earth Light' (6.5x8)
Wool tapestry, 'Families'
Wool tapestry, 'Birds and Butterflies from My Home'
Wool rug, 'Matrimony' (4x6)
Wool tapestry, 'Women'
Wool rug, 'Tulips' (4x6)
Wool tapestry, 'Mixed Figures'
Wool placemats, 'Swift Flight' (set of 6)
Wool placemats, 'Inca Highlands' (set of 6)
Wool rug, 'Scenes of My Village' (4x5)
Wool tapestry, 'Zodiac'
Wool tapestry, 'Stork Quartet'