In the tradition of the Andes, Celinda Jaco designs a ruana cloak to wear everywhere. The warm open-front wrap is woven of a soft alpaca blend and finished by hand. Once reserved for the Inca aristocracy and later for special occasions, alpaca is coveted for its warmth.
Ruana: 77.47 cm L x 134.62 cm W
Total length: 154 cm L
THIS PRODUCT IS ARTISAN-MADE
ARTIST: Celinda Jaco
"I was born in the beautiful department of Cerro de Pasco, but when I was 5 years old I went to live in Lima with my godmother while my parents continued working as farmers in my hometown. I studied up to second year in middle school and then my love for textiles took over as I took courses in tailoring, knitting, crochet, toy-making and appliqué.
"I began working in a project with mothers who also wanted to learn about making toys, knitting and crochet. I worked in a variety of things, from bringing over things from Chile to sell in Peru to opening my own store to sell sweaters, but that didn't work. In 2002 I started knitting informally, but thanks to the advice of my husband and children who specialize in textiles, I've been able to establish my own venture. I am constantly taking courses to hone my skills and develop further.
"Life is full of surprises, good and bad. I remember that once, back when I used to travel the countryside to sell different merchandise, a taxi driver took off with everything after I had finished loading the car and before I had the chance to get in. I took another cab trying to catch up, but we never made it. However, one of my clients saw everything and identified the taxi.
"I thought I had lost everything, when this client called me and asked me to meet him at his house and as I walked in, I was amazed to see all of my merchandise there! I was so grateful to God and to this client!
"When I was a little girl I loved playing at having a trade and I enjoyed making things with my hands. Now as a grownup I get to do it for real!
"My art comes from a combination of skill and creativity. I combine flat knitting with hand-embroidered details. It is very inspiring and motivating to create items that are different to what everybody else is doing. I've exhibited my creations in different fashion shows and fairs throughout Peru.
"The biggest goal I had set for myself was to be recognized, and I'm achieving it. I am so excited about joining Novica and having a chance to meet you all, the customers. I hope you like my designs and appreciate the fact each one is made with a lot of dedication, effort, and love for this art. Thank you for trusting in me!"
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Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.
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Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.
Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.
Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.
Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.
Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.
Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.
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