Artisan of the Week 3 – Artesano de la Semana

Artisan of the week

Rosmery Cabero from Frecia Creations

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Rosmery knitting – Rosmery tejiendo

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During our last trip to Bolivia in July 2015, we began a search for a clothing designer who specialized in handmade goods. We found an article in Los Tiempos.com featuring the works of Rosmery Cabero who resides in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The article discussed how Ms. Cabero left the textile industry in 2000 to start her own company, Fresia Creations. The article stated that she designs, hand knits, crochets, and embroiders a wide variety of clothing and home décor. It went on to say that she was interested in exporting because many in her own country don’t value handmade crafts as much as persons from other countries. That particular statement sealed our desire to meet with Rosmery during our stay in Cochabamba. We called Rosemary and set up a meeting to introduce ourselves and discuss the possibility of our two companies working together.

We met Rosmery and her daughter, Fresia, in the lobby of the Hotel Attridge where we were staying in Cochabamba. She brought many beautiful examples of her work, including hats, ear covers, innovative scarves, ponchos for women and kids, and many other stylish apparel creations (almost all of which we purchased before the meeting was over). We asked Rosmery if she would telling us a bit about herself, her family, and her work.

showing us her creations - mostrandonos sus creaciones
showing us her creations – mostrandonos sus creaciones

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Rosmery was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and lived there all of her life. She is a single mother of six and has raised them alone. Rosemary stated that she provides for herself and kids solely through her handmade clothing and décor, which she has perfected through many years of practice. Rosmery said that her older children help her and that she named her company, “Creaciones Fresia”, after her daughter Fresia, who accompanied her to this meeting (also pictured with Rosmery). She stated that her desire is to find individuals or companies in other countries with whom she could export her works. She would like to grow her business and have her children take over when they get older. At this point, we knew Rosmery was someone we would be proud to do business with. We asked Rosmery and Fresia if they would like the opportunity to have their work displayed in the US and abroad, through eArtesan.com, and they were delighted.

We would like to recognize Rosmery for her hard work and dedication to her family. She did not seek out others to aid her in providing for her children, instead she used her skills, worked hard, and made the best of her situation. Many today could learn a good lesson from Rosmery… and her children.

We will be featuring “Creaciones Fresia” merchandise on the eArtesan.com website and Facebook site, as well as many of our fall/winter shows, starting in mid- September.

 

Artesano de la Semana

Rosmery Cabero, Artesanias Frecia

Durante nuestro ultimo viaje a Bolivia en Julio del 2015 decidimos buscar a artesanos que hacen acccesorios de vestir a mano. A raiz de nuestra búsqueda encontramos un artículo en el periódico Los Tiempos.com sobre la sra. Rosmery Cabero quien reside en Cochabamba y que hace prendas de vestir y accesorios a mano, tejidos a crochet o con palillo (2 agujas). El artículo cuenta como la sra. Cabero creó su microempresa en el 2000 despues de haber dejado su trabajo en una empresa textil; su interés está en exportar a otros paises porque según su experiencia los turistas de otros paises aprecian más las cosas hechas a mano que mucha gente boliviana. A nosotros nos interesa mucho trabajar directamente con los artesanos y ayudarlos a exportar sus productos por eso decidimos contactar a Rosmery y ver si le interesaría trabajar juntos.

Nos encontramos con Rosmery y su hija Fresia en el hotel attridge que era donde estábamos alojados en Cochabamba. Nos trajeron muestras de sus trabajos como ser gorros, ponchos para niños y mujeres, cubre orejas, bufándas muy innovativas y otras cosas más. Antes de terminar nuestra reunión ya les habiamos comprado casi todo lo que habían traido.

Entrevistamos a la sra. Rosmery y nos comentó un poco sobre su vida y su familia. Rosmery Cabero nació en Cochabamba, Bolivia y ha vivido ahi toda su vida.  Ella como madre soltera a sacado adelante a su familia de 6 hija(o)s mediante el esfuerzo de su trabajo con su tejido a mano; ella ha estado tejiendo ya por muchos años y ha ido perfeccionando sus creaciones. En el año 2000 creo su microempresa “Creaciones Fresia “del mismo nombre que una de sus hijas mayores . Rosmery quiere encontrar a personas individuales o empresas que quieran importar sus creaciones para hacer crecer su negocio.

Nos encantó conocer a Rosmery y a Fresia, esperamos que mediante eArtesan.com podamos mostrar sus productos en Estados Unidos y en otros paises. Ellas estaban muy contentas por esta oportunidad.

Nos gustaria reconocer a Rosmery por su trabajo y dedicación a su familia. Ella trabaja duro, usa su talento para ayudar a sacar adelante a su familia sin necesidad de estar pidiendo ayuda. Muchos podrian aprender a ser trabajadores y emprendedores como Rosmery y sus hijas.

Vamos a estar poniendo en exibición los productos de “Creaciones Fresia” muy pronto en nuestra tienda y tambien en facebook, probablemente a mediados de Septiembre.

Alpaca

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Alpaca is getting a lot more attention these days, now that people are starting to notice how it tends to outperform other fibers like wool and synthetics. And why shouldn’t it? Alpaca fleece has been around for millennia — even the ancient Incan kings recognized the alpaca’s unique qualities and reserved the “fiber of the gods” for use by only the wealthy and influential.
But less is known about the proper care and cleaning of alpaca garments. Although alpaca clothing can last for years, too many people ruin their alpaca garments — or shy away from buying them in the first place — simply because they don’t know how to clean and care for them. Fortunately, you don’t have to be one of them. Read on to learn all about alpaca and keep your garments silky and soft for years to come!
Alpaca is different
Alpaca is a breed apart when it comes to natural fibers. Stronger, softer, lighter, and warmer than either merino wool or cashmere, it’s a natural choice for winter clothing and accessories. It’s also resistant to pilling and won’t shrink if proper care is given, making it possible to keep your alpaca clothing for years, even decades!
Alpaca fleece is famous for its luxurious softness and doesn’t scratch or “prickle” the skin like wool products. It’s also hypoallergenic since it doesn’t contain lanolin, an oil generated by sheep that can cause sensitivity in people with dermatological disorders.
As if silkiness and versatility weren’t enough, alpaca makes highly wear-resistant garments: its strength reduces stretching and distortion, and grease and oil don’t spot alpaca as easily as they do other fibers. Due to alpaca’s water-resistant properties, you can simply blot away any spills. And the nature of the fiber reduces static electricity, which attracts dust and soil.
The alpaca itself is a wonderfully gentle, intelligent, and curious animal — most of the time. While they make great pets, you must never cross an alpaca unless you want to receive a face full of half-digested stomach contents and saliva that an angry alpaca hurls at you while “spitting!”
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Alpaca is eco-friendly
Alpacas are considered some of the “greenest” animals around. Their adaptations for living in harsh environments like the Andes give them a light eco-footprint: soft pads in place of hooves leave terrain undamaged, and their efficient eating habits result in greatly reduced water and acreage needs relative to other grazing animals.
Alpaca is also sustainable because an alpaca can produce fleece throughout its life without being harmed. When late spring arrives in the Andes (late fall here in the Northern Hemisphere) and the weather warms up, alpaca ranchers shear their animals for their annual “clip.” While alpacas don’t usually enjoy the shearing process itself, they are noticeably more comfortable after their annual “haircut.”
Because alpaca is naturally free of lanolin and other oils found in sheep’s wool, no harsh chemicals are needed to process alpaca fiber, making alpaca ranching 100% natural and safe for the environment.
Fleece lovers looking to reduce their environmental impact look to alpaca because with proper care, it’s virtually indestructible and can be worn for years, reducing the demand for new products. Alpaca garments dating back over 2000 years in Peru are still in good condition — just think of how many trends and fashion crazes that new alpaca sweater will see you through!

How to clean your alpaca clothing
1. Fill a clean sink or tub with cold water and a small amount of mild liquid detergent like baby shampoo or a fine fibers formula. (Using hot water, or even two different temperatures of water, will “shock” the fibers, making them mat together and start turning into felt.) Do not use chlorine bleach or even gentle Woolite, as these harsh cleaners will cause damage.
2. Soak the garment for 3 to 5 minutes, gently squeezing the suds through the garment. Avoid twisting, wringing, scrubbing, or otherwise agitating it, as this will cause felting. Dyed garments will have some chance of bleed, but since alpaca fiber takes dyeing better than most other fibers, this shouldn’t be a problem after the first wash.
3. Rinse the garment twice in clean, cold water and gently squeeze out the excess. Be gentle handling it to avoid wrinkles and distortion.
4. Lay the garment between two towels, roll up the towels and set it aside for a few minutes.
5. Place the garment on a dry towel or sweater rack and reshape (do not hang to dry). Let it dry away from sunlight and direct heat.
6. If the garment is wrinkled after drying, you can steam it lightly with an iron, or simply hang it up in the bathroom, run the shower, and let the steam ease away the creases.
If you don’t have the time to hand-wash your alpaca garments, you can always take them to a professional dry-cleaner. Bring along any labels or care tags that came with the garment, and be sure to point out any spots and stains so they can use the best method to remove them.
How to store alpaca clothing
Alpaca clothing can last for decades, but its greatest enemies are moths and other pests that cause damage during storage. (Although certain dogs have been known to love the scent of alpaca!) If you need to put your alpaca away during warmer months, give it a good clean first following the instructions above — pests are drawn to dirt and body oils on fibers.
You can keep pests away from any garment by storing it in a chest of inspect-repelling Spanish cedar, or by placing cedar chips in the storage area. To keep away moths, use lavender bundles (although chemical moth balls will do as well).
A shirt box, clean pillow case, clean paper bag, or cardboard box will keep the air circulating around the garment. Never use plastic or dry cleaning bags for your alpaca, as this will cause moisture to build up and the fibers will felt. And like any other knit garment, alpaca clothing should be folded rather than hung to prevent stretching and distortion.
Love your alpaca and it will love you back
Wearing alpaca during the colder months is an easy way to look distinctive and sophisticated while feeling comfortable and cozy. Love and care for your alpaca clothing and you’ll feel the warmth and coziness of the Andes’ most interesting and lovable animals. Neglect it and . . . well, we did warn you what might happen if you cross an alpaca!

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This information is from Novica, by Allison Dial http://blog.novica.com/how-to-clean-and-care-for-alpaca-products/