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Pia Zavala of Peru designs a casual chic tailored sweater jacket knit with sumptuously soft alpaca blended with acrylic and wool for durability. In a golden mustard color, the sweater has a generous shawl collar and sleeve cuffs distinguished by a narrower stitch width.
Pia's struggles with her health have forced her to downsize her workshop but she is determined to keep it open. Her workers rely on their earnings to care for themselves and their families. Nearly half of the workshop's income is derived from Novica sales and Pia does not want to let let her helpers down.
Pia has taken a very modern approach to textile production. Her workers live far from her workshop and used to spend hours each day traveling to work. Pia moved her knitting machines to her artisans' homes and they no longer have to travel great distances. They are able to spend more time with their families and still earn a living. Pia works with machine knitters and hand finishers to create her knitwear collection.
Pia and her team find joy in their success and strength in each other as they face their health challenges. Pia struggles daily with fibromyalgia. Marcelino, her assistant of 32 years, suffered a stroke in 2016. He continues to produce at the workshop but struggles with work that once came easily.
Pia's innovative approach to production has enabled her to work with artisans who once needed to travel a great distance to the workshop. In spite of her own health difficulties, she has kept her workshop open in order to provide a steady income for her collaborators.
At 16, Pia survived a violent car crash that smashed her pelvis. She slowly recovered but feared that she would not be able to have children... today her children are grown-up.
Pia has been included in a local magazine story about her participation in an event to benefit profoundly deaf children.