"I was born and raised in the unique city of Cuzco, and I come from a family of artists that includes my grandfather, Fabian Palomino Mujica a religious artist of paintings and sculptures. My mother, Maximiliana Palomino de Sierra is a professor of Peruvian handcrafts, and my father, Enrique Sierra Carrasco. You could say my artistic formation began at a very young age and my parents are my greatest source of inspiration.
"I studied Fine Arts at San Abad University in Cuzco, and my passion for fashion and confection pushed me into teaching myself more about both realms. I have also specialized in traditional weaving techniques, both on pedal and backstrap looms, and eventually I set up my own workshop.
"I have experience in handcrafting ceramics, and I also designed a lined of products where I fused imagination with elements from the Cuzco School of Religious Art. But I feel a stronger connection with fashion design and now I am solely dedicated to this.
"I describe my art as innovative and of high quality, which is inspired by Peru and its culture. With every design I create I aim to transmit my passion for art, which has been strong in me ever since I was a child. My work reflects my personal and artistic sensibilities.
"The greatest challenges I've had to face have been motherhood and work. As a mother, I try hard to be someone my children can look up to and know they're loved. As a designer, I endeavor to be a trendsetter through my collections.
"I would like to ensure Novica customers that everything I make is the result of my knowledge and expertise, as well as the love and pride that I feel for my country's artistic legacy. I feel like I inherited ancestral techniques for weaving and dying, as well as our historical iconography, which I've tried to update to create fashion trends I hope you'll like."
For the design of this shoulder bag Carmela Sierra finds inspiration in the shape of the qero chalice used by the ancient Inca. The bag is sewn from a rich alpaca and wool blend with green, purple and beige glyphs over a grey background. Featuring an adjustable black leather shoulder strap, the bag has a gray lining and two pockets, one of which closes with a zipper. Learn More$82.95
This bag of fiery elegance honors the textile traditions of Cuzco. Designed by Carmela Sierra, the bag is woven with an alpaca and wool blend on a traditional loom featuring a diamond in shades of orange, green, burgundy, brown and beige. Trimmed with green cotton handles and borders, the bag has a dark gray lining and two pockets, one of which closes with a zipper. Learn More$59.95
The legendary weaves of Cuzco inspire the creation of this stunning shoulder bag by Carmela Sierra. Centered by the Inca glyph of a bird, the bag is woven with an alpaca and wool blend on a traditional loom. Trimmed with blue cotton handles and borders, the bag has a dark gray lining and two pockets, one of which closes with a zipper. Learn More$72.95