Our Artisan Partners
Weavers of the Monte are incredibly talented, stoic women who practice traditions that have been passed down through the generations. They have a strong sense of heritage and are devoted to their culture. Weaving is their way of supporting their families and raising their standard of living. Their desert homeland of the Monte is characterised by cactus and native plants, humble mud houses known as ranchos, goats, pigs and sheep. The people of the Monte set their looms under the shade of big trees close to their homes so they can watch their children play with the animals and take care of their daily duties.
Weavers from the Puna belong to indigenous Argentinian communities. Even though they are connected to the outside world, they are still fiercely independent and deeply connected to Pachamama, ‘Mother Earth’. People of the Puna have their own special culture and beliefs; their ways are old and of a different time to ours. They are observant and profoundly influenced by nature’s ways. They weave because they always have – it is part of their everyday life, along with other activities such as taking care of their llamas and sheep. They are gentle, genuine, beautiful souls.
Weavers from Sur are part of a special Pampa partnership that has seen us cross the border from Argentina into Chile. Here too, we have discovered that weaving is an art form that is slowly disappearing. Pampa partners with small groups of artisans who are inspired by the original Mapuche communities that weave beautiful rugs. They live close to the ocean in a small valley between the mountains and just like their neighbours in Argentina, their weavings are inspired by their heritage and the landscape.
Weavers featured in the Porteño Collection live in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires. Pampa’s partnership with these urban artisans originated when we realised that many weavers had been forced to move from rural areas into big cities in search of employment. For many women, life in Buenos Aires is not how they had pictured. Unable to work, many have found themselves living in the city’s slums, vulnerable and insecure.
Weavers from Argentinian Patagonia live in the southernmost part of the country; an area known for its harsh weather and profound natural beauty. From the Andean mountains to the grassland plains, weavers have been practicing their art here for many generations. Pampa partners with a Patagonian family that hand-looms warm blankets and cushions. Natural in tone and rich in texture, these products epitomise Pampa’s simple yet luxurious style. Colour tones used in Patagonian weavings reflect the mountainous landscapes and snowy winters of their origin.
Artisans featured in the Litoral Collection belong to Argentina’s indigenous Wichí and Qomle’ec communities. They live a secluded, traditional way of life in remote parts of the country known as Litoral zones, often close to a river or water source. Masters of hand-craftsmanship, these artisans are renowned for their resourcefulness and utilitarian designs. Wichí artisans knit bags, baskets and textiles from the fibres of the native chaguar plant; while Qomle’ec artisans work with hand-dyed sheep’s wool to weave textiles rich in symbolic meaning. Both communities live according to the laws of nature and look to flora and fauna for artistic inspiration. Both use textiles and handmade objects to record ancestral knowledge and pass down their traditions.