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Maria Teresa Tejada

Maria Teresa Tejada

Apparel and accessories in Andean alpaca in The Andes

"We work with Peru's ancestral techniques — from shearing the alpacas, choosing fleece with the best color and texture, classifying it and spinning the yarn by hand — to create each design."

I was born in the countryside near Lima, and I've lived my life in a rural setting. From the time I was young, I helped... read more

I was born in the countryside near Lima, and I've lived my life in a rural setting. From the time I was young, I helped my parents with the harvests and taking care of our animals.

When we'd visit the city, I loved looking at the beautiful clothes in the shops and longed to have some. The fabrics were so soft! I dreamed of being able to create fine apparel with the unique softness of Peru's natural fibers. But I didn't have the time or money to do so, and I continued working alongside my family for a time.

The path has been difficult because technology is taking over everything we see and I wanted to contribute a way to do something different. I didn't want to just take care of the environment, but also create natural designs and preserve our ancestral techniques. This is what characterizes my work and the results are fresh, beautiful and finely made.

I am constantly taking courses to continue improving and growing as a designer and textile artisan. We work with Peru's ancestral techniques — from shearing the alpacas, choosing fleece with the best color and texture, classifying it and spinning the yarn by hand — to create each of our designs. Our colors are obtained from the natural dyes used by the Inca, which can be seen in the capes, tunics and clothing displayed in museums.

We take care of the environment by using methods that date back to the pre-Inca era. They have no negative impact on the environment and shoppers agree this sets us apart from designers who rely on chemical dyes and industrialized processes. We utilize and maximize the potential of the materials we can reuse and recycle.

I'm very proud of our Peruvian culture, history and vision and am glad to have been born in this country full of riches. My dream is for people who live outside of the cities to have opportunities to study, work and grow, just as I had. It's exciting to represent my country through an art that makes me proud, and I work hard to improve everyday.

It's exciting to show my Peruvian textile arts to the entire world.

30 items by Maria Teresa Tejada

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Patricia Sternig

From Brookfield Wisconsin

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02/03/2021

"Winter days"

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Very warm gloves/ mittens. Great for cold weather.

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  • Warm and soft alpaca when out in the cold

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blackrosesteph

From Gillette Wy

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03/23/2020

"cozy and soft"

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Love these, crazy soft and very warm. Not for windy days but great to throw on to scrape windows

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  • Winter warmness

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Marcia

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01/25/2020

"Beautifully made!"

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So soft and warm. Well made and fit my daughter?s hands perfectly! She seems very happy with them.

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Ginger

From Alaska, United States

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01/03/2020

"Warm Beautiful Mittens"

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These are great for the Alaska winter. The quality is excellent and the maroon with blue/grey inside is a great color combo. I loved these so much, I ordered more from Mr. Condere.

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Ginger

From Alaska, United States

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12/17/2019

"Warm and Soft"

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These mittens are perfect for Alaska. They are warm, soft and the color is beautiful. Functional and beautiful...a perfect combo!!

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Fuchsia Sophistication, Peruvian Reversible 100% Alpaca Mittens in Fuchsia and Slate

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Judith

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01/21/2019

"A Gift Enthusiastically Received"

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Purchased this item as a gift and it all comments from the recipient have been positive. Excellent quality and workmanship, beautiful understated design. Extra kudos from recipients son for the extra little Trouble Doll gift that came with the neck wrap. Hes enthralled with it. Many compliments to the artist. She will remain on my list for future purchases for myself and others. JK

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