We are proud of our peruvian heritage, our culture, our identity

The artisans

The diverse pre-Hispanic cultures that have existed in Peru for thousands of years have left a deep mark on our identity as a country. The Peruvian artisans’ skills in ceramics, textiles, wood, metals, have been passed down for generations and are the result of this cultural mark. These skills remain until today and are mixed with contemporary trends and designs to make beautiful objects by hand.

In Allpa we admire these objects every day and we work together with our producers on new ideas that can successfully reach the market creating more jobs for many families.

Julian - Weaver

A rug crafter, Julian spent many years of his life weaving small, light objects; for this reason, he is proud to say that he has learned to make heavy llama wool rugs for the American designer Jonathan Adler.

Celestino - Weaver

Celestino, a modern weaver in the Andes was born in Huancavelica and spent time in different activities and villages. In 2001, he started weaving for Allpa in his backyard with a very rustic loom.

Danilo - Stone crafter

Master in stones carving, Danilo extracts the hidden beauty of the stones. He can turn some amorphous and opaque rock into a bright and precious jewel.

Alex - Ceramist

Alex, an entrepreneur in Chulucanas. Doing business in Peru is a complex road and requires a lot of courage. Alex became a potter to help his uncle Jose many years and from him he learned all the secrets of making pots.

Marco - Wood crafter

Marco, manufacturer of mirrors, learned to work with wood 25 years ago. He did it first for the local market, but his hard work earned him a good reputation among his customers.

Fermin - Jeweler

Descendant of several generations of silversmiths, his father was a jeweler and taught him the skill. Fermin has been making handmade silver jewelry for 28 years, and Allpa is his main customer.

Antonio & Luz - Jeweler

Born in Huancayo, they both are pioneers in local jewelry production, especially in the Rimac neighborhood, where we find a long jewelry making tradition in Lima.

Edmundo - Wood crafter

Edmundo comes from Apurimac, a small town in the Peruvian Highlands. He inherits this art from his mother and since he was a teenager he was attracted to drawing and painting, which has allowed him to show his Andahuaylino style art in his wood and reverse painted glass crafts.

Raquel - Jeweler

In 2007 Raquel’s father decided to retire and she assumed responsibility for her workshop. She has participated in several courses and trainings to improve her processes and products. Raquel is a specialist in combining the traditional jewelry hand making with the modern “casting” technique.

Rogelio - Weaver

The city of Arapa in Puno saw the birth of Rogelio, who carries in his blood the art cultivated by his father and the Peruvian Inca textiles are his main motivation. He starts his workshop with a traditional weaving machine, which he bought with his first savings. Currently he produces sweaters, hats, shawls, scarves and gloves, among other accessories in alpaca knitting.

Simon - Weaver

Born in Puno, Simon remembers his mother knitting with sticks and making small orders for scarves and hats, but it was in his uncle’s workshop that he observed how machine knitting was made, began to like it and felt motivated to start his own business. In 1995 he began working in a space within his home that he himself adapted as a workshop.

Social impact

Crafts production is a way of creating jobs with relatively low investment. This encourages us to keep looking after market opportunities with new products every day. Not an easy job in this global and increasingly demanding world of today.

But the challenge is there and we feel we do our job when orders come in a permanent way and assure better incomes for all parts involved. We get inspiration from the traditional techniques and we use them to create contemporary textiles, pots, decorative objects and garments. Women and men depend on this production to make their living for them and their families.

Allpa artisans