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Born: 1961 Home: Perú Products: Ceramics Favorite Food: Ceviche Favorite Music: Varied Favorite Pastime: Painting Ceramics Félix learned his artisan trade from his father and hopes to pass on the tradition to all three of his daughters: Katherine (born 1992), Nataly (born 1993), and Nadia (born 1999), who are all eager to learn. His workshop […]


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Carlos & Sulema

Carlos’ Year of Birth: 1975 Home: Peguche, Ecuador Favorite Pastime: Playing fútbol Carlos and his wife, Sulema, make blouses, pants, dresses, skirts, and scarves out of a workshop in their home. The material they work with is 100% cotton that is hand-dyed and embroidered. All designs are created by the two of them. They have […]

José Luis

José was born in 1970 in a city called Tulcan in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. H has four children: Joffre (1993), Evelyn (1997), Marlon (2001), and Mateo (2007). Currently only he and his wife, Rosa Montenegra, are producing for the business but in the past he’s had up to seven workers. Together they make […]

Héctor & Estela

Héctor and his smiling wife, Estela, live on the outskirts of Peguche. They met 14 years ago at a party for the godparents of a friend. They got married a month later on Estela’s mother’s birthday. Her mother was very ill with cancer and died just six weeks later. They were so glad they had […]

Antonio & Elsa

Elsa is 41 years old, lives in Peguche, Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador. She and her husband Antonio have three daughters and one son: Kelly who is 13, Anthony who is 8, Ammy who is 8, and Emma who is 6 years old. Together the couple earn their living making chenille bags and purses. Their primary goals […]

Daniel & Marlena

Year of Birth: Daniel 1978, Marlena 1982 Home: Carabuela, Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador Started Working With Minga: 2012 Product: Children’s Sweaters Daniel and his wife Marlena were married in 1999 and have 3 daughters: Nina was born in 2002, Patricia was born in 2002, and Maoly was born in 2010. Daniel and his wife work […]