"Greetings from the highest regions of the Peruvian Andes, where the air is fresh and pure; where the spring water helps preserve nature and keep alive our precious fauna such as the alpaca,...
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"Greetings from the highest regions of the Peruvian Andes, where the air is fresh and pure; where the spring water helps preserve nature and keep alive our precious fauna such as the alpaca, which has been part of Quechua and Aymara families throughout our history. This is a history that is preserved through artisan hands such as my family's, and by Novica too, who helps us show our history to the world. And by you, our clients and friends, because together we will continue to write this history. You can be sure that each Alpaca gift is made with the loving care of many Peruvians, from shepherds to weavers. Therefore, on behalf of many Andean families including mine, I would like to send greetings filled with the same warmth of our Alpaca wool, as well as our eternal gratitude! Many thanks, and best wishes for joy and prosperity!"
Nestor Yana was born on August 29, 1964. He hails from the Puno region, situated in the Peruvian highlands, which are renowned for good quality alpaca and sheep wool. He has been dedicated to the textile arts for more than 25 years – it has been a family trade for generations.
Yana and his siblings learned the different weaving and knitting techniques from their parents. When he first began to weave, he worked on rustic machinery, built by himself along with other family members. Together they sold their wares at local markets until eventually they were able to acquire modern machinery, which in turn allowed them to develop newer designs.
Yana constantly exhibits his work at textiles fairs and, when he is not at work, he is teaching other family members as well as any person who has an interest in weaving. Among his future goals is the opportunity to have his products enjoy good repute abroad.