"We worked with a designer who taught us to treasure our iconographic heritage as well as the colors traditionally used in our communities, and share them with through our designs."
"Oyón is a town nestled in the province of the same name, in the Department of Lima, and on April of 2011 a textile workshop was opened with a mission to help unemployed single mothers while preserving legendary textile arts.
"We have organized ourselves and we have a president, a treasurer, a secretary, a spokesperson and an accountant. They also knit, crochet and weave. In total there are eight mothers who make up the Oyón Community.
"At first some of the mothers knew nothing about knitting, crocheting or weaving, but thanks to the sponsorship from a private company, Oyón Community was able to hire specialists to teach them. We worked with a designer who taught us to treasure our iconographic heritage as well as the colors traditionally used in our communities, and share them with through our designs.
"When we first started we went through some rough patches like delegating responsibilities, misunderstandings and the perception of fairness. With time and with experience we managed to achieve a harmonious working environment. Now we are a team who works together driven by a desire to improve our processes and continue with our high quality standards.
"We work with natural alpaca and sheep's wool yarn, as well as with some blends. We enjoy knitting and crocheting the most since we can do it anywhere anytime. We also enjoy discovering the different types of products we can weave on our looms.
"Our first forays into the market where met with many challenges. We found that people were selling synthetic fiber apparel and accessories at very low prices. We just couldn't compete with them. So, we learned from these experiences and made changes to our processes and designs, thus improving our products.
"We'd love for the whole world to meet us, and for our products to go beyond our borders, that way we can share with you a part of our culture. It would also help us consolidate our efforts into a formal venture."