The makers of the 2015 collection of blankets and some of our long scarves came from a trip I made to Ecuador in late 2014. The purpose of this trip was to find weavers and artisans I felt comfortable working with and whose work I was confident in.
It wasn’t as easy as I had thought. During the first week I wasn't having much luck finding the quality of work I had hoped for. There were plenty of people selling knitwear and blanket but not many had the skills, or quality I was looking for.
After a particularly frustrating day of searching and coming up with nothing, I decided to spend an afternoon at the local waterfall with my friend. On our way, while walking through a quiet village, I needed to use the bathroom. With no public bathroom in sight my friend suggested I head into, what looked like, an empty store front. Actually, he gestured to the back of the store front which looked like someone’s house.
I was hesitant, but I was also desperate! So, we both walked into the backyard and not only did I discover a bathroom but I also came across a family weaving business. The quality and craftsmanship was superb!
The Milma family have been weaving wool ponchos and scarves and hats for many years. They sell mostly within Ecuador. The quality of their work is phenomenal and they are so easy to work with. This is my second year working with them and I am so happy to have found them. I see a long relationship being built with this family.