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Novica:Raquel and Gregor

Raquel and Gregor

"My name is Raquel Iriarte de Brenner and I was born on May 20, 1958 in the province of Piura. I describe my work as an art form, and I've been dedicated to it along with my husband, Gregor. Our garments carry the name "Sillpa" which is an ancient Aymara word that implies "softness," "comfort," and "pleasure."

"What draws me to weaving is the opportunity to work with natural fibers by rescuing ancient Inca weaving techniques. The greatest challenge I have faced is to educate my children in the right path so they may have a professional career. As far as work is concerned, the greatest challenge has been to present our work to people from around the world."

"My name is Gregor Brenner Knoch and I was born in Peru on 10 October 1954. I come from an artistic background, therefore the world to me seems more about creativity than technology. Each person is an artist at heart, I think we only need to let our 'artist' out.

"What motivates me to do this kind of work is to see natural fibers transformed into garments. We use as reference natural colors including those you see in the Andean landscape, the jungle, and the coast.

"We use natural materials including alpaca wool, fine cotton, and silk. We help an Andean community by employing weavers on traditional looms who then help us finish each piece by hand. Sillpa is dedicated to preserving Peru's millenary weaving traditions.

"We would like to give our thanks to Novica customers for allowing us to be part of this great international team. We would like to thank you for supporting our art, which in turn will benefit many Peruvian families."


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  1. Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Andean Ruby' Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Andean Ruby'

    Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Andean Ruby'

    Woven by hand, intricate motifs flow in wide bands along a beautiful shawl. Raquel and Gregor present their original design in shades of red and white. Artisans from Sillpa craft the shawl of pure silk and baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing.

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  2. Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Arequipa Melody' Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Arequipa Melody'

    Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Arequipa Melody'

    Raquel and Gregor orchestrate a lovely melody of colors for the design of this shawl. In purple, cherry red, and blue, the wrap is woven with a rich mix of baby alpaca and silk.

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  3. Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Earth's Path' Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Earth's Path'

    Alpaca and silk shawl, 'Earth's Path'

    Herringbone motifs in subtle colors trace paths along the length of a voluptuous shawl. Raquel and Gregor present their original design in shades of brown with gray, pale blue, black, green and white. Artisans from Sillpa weave the shawl by hand of pure silk and baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing.

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  4. Alpaca Wool Fingerless Mitts, 'Grape Honeycomb' Alpaca Wool Fingerless Mitts, 'Grape Honeycomb'

    Alpaca Wool Fingerless Mitts, 'Grape Honeycomb'

    Raquel and Gregor in Peru conjure a hypnotic honeycomb for the design of these fingerless mitts. They are knitted of baby alpaca wool in charcoal gray and violet. Made in Peru. Learn More
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    Alpaca Wool Fingerless Mitts, 'Turquoise Honeycomb'

    Raquel and Gregor in Peru conjure a hypnotic honeycomb for the design of these fingerless mitts. They are knitted of baby alpaca wool in light blue and turquoise. Baby alpaca wool refers to alpaca's first shear and is noted for its soft warmth. Learn More
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