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Marleny Quijahuaman

Apparel and accessories in Andean alpaca in The Andes

"I mix different threads and yarns, and combine them with embroidery, for example. I really enjoy this — it's definitely my passion and I want to do this forever."

"I'm Teresa Marleny Quijahuaman Yana. I was born in 1969 in the beautiful city of Arequipa with its extraordinary... read more

"I'm Teresa Marleny Quijahuaman Yana. I was born in 1969 in the beautiful city of Arequipa with its extraordinary colonial architecture that mixes European characteristics with ancient Peruvian art.

I'm an enterprising woman, constant and responsible. When I was a girl, I'd accompany my mother to her knitting classes, and this marked my life. That's when I discovered my own affinity for this lovely art.

"I was still quite young when I began working. I created children's clothing in small quantities. For this, I used fine yarn from the summer season.

"With perseverance, effort and dedication, my orders began to increase. People asked me for new designs every two weeks and I began adapting my work to the seasons.

"It isn't easy to keep up with the seasonal trends. It's been a challenge to achieve this but it's been worth it. I feel very proud because, when you really want to reach your goals, you can't rest until you do. Even now, I continue striving each day to create quality apparel to distinguish my work from all the rest.

"I firmly believe in the importance of constant innovation. This is what will make you stand out; if not, you'll be left by the wayside, unable to move forward and reach your goals. I also believe that innovation goes hand in hand with personal preparation and training.

"My fascination with textile art arose from its versatility, breadth, and the variety of techniques and materials. They challenge me but encourage me to develop my creativity. I experiment by hand with knitting needles and crochet hooks, and sometimes with a home knitting machine. I mix different threads and yarns, and combine them with embroidery, for example. I really enjoy this — it's definitely my passion and I want to do this forever.

"I usually work in 100% alpaca and baby alpaca, the soft, fine fleece from the season's first shearing.

"My inspiration comes from the beauty and fragility in the natural world that surrounds me. In this place where I grew up and have lived and experienced so much in my life.

"I also find inspiration in the highland communities where I give classes so the artisans there can increase the value of their textile work. At the same time, I learn techniques from them, techniques that are dying out.

"For the future, I hope to keep this workshop that is growing day by day with dedication and work. With the help of my family and children, I believe this will be possible. We do everything with passion and I really enjoy my work. My children are behind me in this. I also want to continue teaching others in small communities so that they can improve their art and also their quality of life."

17 items by Marleny Quijahuaman

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Arthur

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12/04/2021

"Beautiful Sweater"

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Still a favorite after a long while; sweater shows a little pilling otherwise five stars.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Wife
  • Occasion: birthday

Stephanie

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10/25/2021

"This is my favorite sweater!"

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It fits well! I love the feel of alpaca. It is so soft and cool to the touch. It is special because it is from Peru.

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Soft warm comfortable

Best Uses

  • I love wearing it in the fall and winter

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Terese

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09/21/2021

"very soft"

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Great quality, color and fit

Purchased Item:

Peruvian Evening in Alabaster, Knit Alabaster Baby Alpaca Pullover Sweater from Peru

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Mary Ingalls

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12/01/2020

"Beautiful color & craftsmanship"

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This is a stunning sweater, with a lovely feel to it and beautifully crafted. The only thing Id change is to have a more fitted style -- having recently reclaimed my waistline, Im vain of it and would like to show it off! That said, this gorgeous blue makes up for it, and this is quickly becoming a staple!

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Holiday Warmth in Blue, Knit Blue Baby Alpaca Turtleneck Sweater from Peru

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Shoshana

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07/05/2019

"Gorgeous sweater"

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Thank you, Marleny Quijahuaman! This is a sleek, beautifully designed and well executed garment. The color is very rich, and the sweater is remarkably lightweight and bulk-free, given its warmth. (Ah, alpaca!) If you like your pullover sweaters on the large size, you might think about going one size up. As it is, the garment is true to size and nicely form-fitting.

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Holiday Warmth in Red, Knit Red Baby Alpaca Turtleneck Sweater from Peru

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Kahryn

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02/09/2019

"Sweet Mystique in Ivory"

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Beautifully knit and true to size. Love the knit covered buttons. Very soft with the 100% baby alpaca.

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