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This modern backpack displays Peru's textile legacy. Faustino Maldonado and Family weave the bag with an acrylic and alpaca blend in a wintry spectrum of colors obtained from natural dyes. The flap and external pocket are lined with cotton and the bag features a practical drawstring closure and dried mate gourd buttons.
The Maldonado's hometown, Hualhuas, is a renowned textile center. It is there that Faustino and his wife learned to weave from their fathers who learned from their fathers 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 considers his employees dependents. He knows that without their workshop 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 two full-time employees 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 workers who excel at hand spinning.
Faustino struggles to manage his diabetes. He follows a special diet and undergoes ongoing treatment.
Colors look great. The bag is well made, but it is not designed to be a rugged bag that will last for a ton of trips into the wilderness, but a good bag for light work. I was concerned about comfort going in, but the bag never bothered me.
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