December 31, 2008 2009 – International Year of Natural Fibres!

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A resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations back in 2005 is now coming to fruition.  2009 is declared the International Year of Natural Fibres

The International Year of Natural Fibres will be officially launched on January 22, 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.

Objectives:

  • raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres;
  • promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibres industries;
  • encourage appropriate policy responses from governments to the problems faced by natural fibre industries;
  • foster an effective and enduring international partnership among the various natural fibres industries

    From the Resolution:
    "Noting the diverse range of natural fibres produced in many countries provides an important source of income for farmers, and thus can plays an important role in contributing to food security and in eradicating poverty.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations encourages all governments and non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector to take advantage of the Year in order to increase awareness of the importance of these natural products."

    Look for these natural fibres in Peruvian Connection designs: Pima Cotton, Alpaca, Wool, Silk, Linen

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    October 30, 2008 Washington DC – Party Pics

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    Dc_window

    A store-front view of Noche de Milagros (Night of Miracles).

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    Dc_crowd

    Patrons enjoy warm conversation, flamenco guitar and the treasures of our At-Home department.

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    Dc_food

    Guests were treated to the Peruvian dish of "Ceviche", one of several Peruvian appetizers.

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    Dc_shopper

    Wine and shopping – the perfect combination!

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    October 27, 2008 Washington DC Store – Grand Opening

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    Washington_dc

    We had a fabulous party in Washington DC for the Grand Opening of our new flagship retail store!

    Peruanista is an independent blog site featuring stories about Peru and Peruvians in the United States.  Watch their video interview with founder and CEO of Peruvian Connection Annie Hurlbut and read the blog summary of the event here.

    Goddess Findings is another independent blogger who visited our store.  Read her blog entry here.

    Also, one party-goer, Marilyn was kind enough to post her diary of the event here.

    Stay Tuned!  Party pictures posted soon!

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    Hand Crochet: A Stitch In Time

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    Hand_crochet

    Sometimes in our fast-paced, homogenized, dry-thru, mass-produced world we forget to stop and notice the simple mastery of hand-craftsmanship.  Hand-crochet lace became popular in Europe during the 1800′s but some theorize it evolved from traditional practices from more exotic cultures such as South America.

    Every season at Peruvian Connection we showcase a collection of hand-crochet designs uniquely and masterfully crafted by our Peruvian artisans.  Each meticulously crocheted design is a master-work of minute stitches reminiscent of the Old World craftsmanship that fueled its popularity through Europe in the 1800′s.

    Take a look at this indelible craft for yourself:
    Wine and Roses Cardgian
    Savoy Crochet Cardgian
    Cabbage Rose Cardigan
    Floribunda Pullover
    Cottage Cardigan

    To find a collection of hand crocheted accessories simply enter the word "crochet" in the key-word search box in the upper right hand corner of the site.

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    October 23, 2008 Inis Meáin: Anchored in Tradition

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    The secret of Peruvian Connection’s success is in its relationships.  It is important that our collection not only reflect a unique range of high quality garments but also support, promote and encourage the traditions and life-styles of our knitting partners.   While our commitment to South America is obvious and unyielding we are proud of our long-standing association with the Inis Meáin Knitting Company out of Ireland.

    Anchored in a long tradition of hand-knitting, Inis Meáin is in a league of its own. It designs, makes and exports from a tiny island out in the Atlantic twenty miles off the Galway coast. Since 1977 they have provided regular employment for a small group of islanders, which is important in a place where young people are often forced to go to the mainland or abroad to find work.

    They reinterpet classic Aran themes in the most luxurious of yarns such as alpaca, cashmere, Merino wool and silk.  We are proud to offer a touch of this tradition in our Holiday collection with their baby alpaca and silk Replica Sweater.

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