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Las Manuelas & Los Manolos

From the Edge of the World to the High End Fashion Consumer

2016

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This Design research experiment seeks to innovate in creating intelligent, inspiring and seductive products while setting the right balance between functional, emotional, esthetical and ethical in a real world context.

 

Using Pre-Columbian motifs as inspiration, the collective of designers and artisans is commissioned to create a collection of scarves using the CoDesign Platform. Two workshops are put into place to efficiently test the design process: Los Manolos in Madrid and Las Manuelas in Mazocruz, Perú.

 

The production turns out to be 100% traceable. The artisans use handspun alpaca wool from their own animals, and all materials are dyed by hand with local plants. A collection of eleven scarves emerges, each originating from the one-on-one collaboration between artisan and designer.

 

Las Manuelas & Los Manolos is presented at the prestigious Premiere Classe Tradeshow in Paris and goes on to be displayed and sold at the CONCENTO Concept Stores in Tokyo and Osaka.

 

 

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