July 9, 2013 Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Peruvian Connection’s designers got the blues this past weekend when they participated in an indigo dyeing workshop in Kansas City. Taught by renowned fiber and textile artist Neil Goss, they learned the techniques of dyeing with natural indigo, using native Kansas sumac leaves as a mordant.

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Sumac leaves to be used as a a mordant for indigo dyeing.

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Soaking damask napkins dyed with indigo.

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Neil Goss tests the indigo dye bath.

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Mixing indigo dye solution and mordant.
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Tabbetha's indigo scarf

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Finished indigo projects drying on the line.

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July 2, 2013 A Beautiful July Day at PC Headquarters

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June 13, 2013 From Peru: Inti Raymi

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The stage at Saqsaywaman for the ceremony.

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El Inca (King) being paraded around.

Every year on the 24th of June, thousands of people gather in Cusco for Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.

Before the Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire, the Incas celebrated Inti Raymi in Huacaypata, what is now the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.  This ancient ceremony was carried out each year coinciding with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year when the sun is furthest from Earth.  The Incas gathered together from each of the four suyos (sides) of Tawantinsuyo (territory of the Incan Empire) to invoke the Sun God to return closer.  The culmination of the ceremony was making an offering to the Sun deity; the Incas always found the plumpest, youngest, blackest llama to sacrifice to the Sun, asking for in return that the Sun bring good harvest and protection against hunger and famine.

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La Qolla (Queen).

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Jungle people dancing in celebration.

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Inti Raymi at Saqsaywaman.

After Spanish conquest, in the 16th Century, the Spaniards banned the celebration of Inti Raymi because of its Pagan nature.  Nearly four centuries later, in 1944, Inti Raymi was resurrected in theatrical form.  The celebration nowadays occurs in three acts.  The opening act is at Q’orikancha, the Incan temple.  This is followed by the second act in the Plaza de Armas.  The third and final act, concluding the nine hour celebration, is at Saqsaywaman, the ancient fortress just outside the city.

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El Inca (King).

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Dancing in celebration.

Inti Raymi is a living testament of the rich and endless culture that still survives in this part of the world.  Inti Raymi is also known as el Dia del Cusco, Cusco Day.  It is one of the biggest celebrations in all of South America, and it is by far the biggest celebration in Cusco.  Every 24th of June, thousands of spectators, tourists and locals alike, come to Cusco just for this.

-Kezia Huseman

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Cusco celebrates Inti Raymi

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June 6, 2013 Woven Wonders: inspiration to fruition

Beyond our luxurious Peruvian Pima and alpaca… Take a peek at the inspiration behind our collection tailored from fabulous woven fabrics. Sourced from the world’s highest quality mills, our fabulous woven fabrics are exquisitely diverse… perfect for long summer days and beautiful warm evenings.

Our Atelier Pants, with a painterly stippled aesthetic, originally inspired by the organic, color-layered effects of rust and patina.

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The floral print of our Wild Poppies Sundress, Poppy Silk Shell and Poppy Field Sundress showcase undulating stylized blooms.

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Interpreted Ikat motifs offer a graphic version of their original self, playing on stylization and color. The pattern is printed in crisp blue and white in our Ikat Tank Dress.

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Inspired by tribal patterns and tones, this collection combines graphic shapes and bright accent colors to create memorable accent pieces. The Tribal Skirt was inspired by African bark cloth motifs.

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Our Aléria Peasant Dress is a PC original print inspired by motifs in an authentically rustic  blanket.

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