Embroidery

ESTELA CACOANGO & TRANSITO NOQUEZ All embroidery is handmade with plant dyed cotton and wool. From Angla, Imbabura. Made by Estela Cacoango and Transito Noquez. Estela is part of the founding team. She has been involved with Allpamamas since day one, as our trusted advisor and firmest believer.

Pedal loom

MATICO & PAOLA LEMA Fabrics are 100% cotton. Woven on Matico’s pedal loom in Peguche, Imbabura province. She and her daughter, Paola, run a project with indigenous Otavalo women weavers, called Huarmi Maqui, “women’s hands” in Kichwa. Since 1990, they have refused to sacrifice quality and handwork by resisting the lower prices o f their competitors. We … Read more

Upcycling & Patchwork

The most sustainable materials are the ones that already exist. That’s why we incorporate second hand textiles such as blankets, used jeans and vintage fabrics into our garments. All the materials are personally sourced by Creative Director, María, from markets and shops in Ecuador – it is one of her favorite activities! In order to … Read more

Hand spun & handwoven wool

ANDES MATERIALS Fabrics are 50% hand-spun wool, plant dyed. 50% cotton. They are woven on a pedal loom. The wool threads in these garments are hand-spun. The community in Salasaka who makes them own the entire process: from sheep to fabric. They dye the wool with elements they harvest in their own backyard. Hand-spinning wool is … Read more

Collection No. 2.5

Allpamamas Welcome to a time outside of time, where the only certainty is this present moment. Welcome to a space outside of space, where the shatters of an old reality wait to be reassembled through conscious design. Collection 2.5 is product of our team’s creative escape during confinement. Above all, we are amazed by the … Read more

Spirits of Creation

Spirits of Creation As you know, our main focus since the pandemic hit has been maintaining our teams safety and coming up with creative ways of ensuring their income. The Spirits of Creation Bucket Hats are one of them. Witnessing the resilience of Allpamama, Mother Earth, as she flourished during shutdown was incredibly inspiring. It … Read more

As a creative, am I exoticizing a culture or establishing a respectful collaboration?

As Ecuador is a multinational and intercultural country, the usual thing should be to naturalize the ethnic diversity that exists in the country in a constant way, not only when it is desired to appropriate their customs and traditions in commercial areas. Any artist whose source of inspiration derives from a specific culture is responsible … Read more

An open conversation on the revindication of ethnic diversity through design

An open conversation on the revindication of ethnic diversity through design An open conversation with Beth Realpe, Allpa Maigua and Sara Fuentes. The panelists: The conversation: The summary: On July 12, a discussion was held to address issues related to ethnodiversity in the areas of design, modeling, photography and public policies that exist as a … Read more