animaná - Patagonia Trading LLC

Sudbury,  MA 
United States
http://www.animanaonline.com
  • Booth: 1768

Accessories | Clothing | Home&Deco 

Natural fibers from Patagonia and the Andes| Alpaca, llama

We believe that fashion industry needs a change and that can be transformed into a force of good. We believe in conscious consumption, sustainable production processes and timeless and durable design.

Brands: animaná - Natural Fibers from Patagonia and the Andes


 Press Releases

  • GUARDIANS OF ANCESTRAL ARTS AND NATURAL FIBERS FROM PATAGONIA AND THE ANDES  

     

    Dominique Peclers represented animaná at UNESCO, for the Latin America and the Caribbean Week organized by the mentioned organization.

    We presented our products at the Central Hall of UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, sharing with more than 2000 people -representing UNESCO, delegates of a diverse countries, and other interested actors- who got to know the story behind our products.  

     

    Our mission is to be the permanent guardians of our cultural patrimony, the arts, the natural fibers, and the magical savoir faire of aboriginal communities in Patagonia and the Andes.

    We work towards the strengthening of our cultural patrimony and the empowerment of the communities, -the young, the women, and the men- masters of the loom, owning a millenary culture; World Heritage. Based on our collaborative work, our knowledge on the andean communities, and the construction of social capital, we exchange and nurture ourselves with the communities and allied actors to accomplish a lasting, atemporal, and contemporary design, giving the possibility to each one of our clients, of being part of our mission with every product.  

  • ANIMANÁ CONSTRUCTING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD THROUGH THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    animaná was present at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 were more than 1300 key players from more than 50 countries across the globe representing the fashion sector, NGO´s, politics, media and academia, gathered for this sixth edition of a leading annual business event on sustainability. The event counted with high-level speakers such as sustainability pioneer Dame Ellen MacArthur and the founders of Fashion Revolution.

    animaná had an active participation through our ambassador, Natalia Papu, who represented our voice at  the Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen were 112 students created a framework for the industry to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (3) on Good Health and Well-Being and (5) on Gender Equality.  

    Some of the biggest industry´s challenges derive often from the current lack of connection between people and with the environment that surrounds us. To work towards the industry´s transformation, we first need to work on ourselves, so that this is projected into other aspects and that together, we accomplish the transformation of an industry with such value added, into a platform of wellbeing for everyone. 

    We believe that we have to be able to recognize the enormous value within human differences and their complementarity. We need to work in reconnecting with nature, our master, taking responsibility of our consuming patterns, being conscious and committed to the demand for information, knowing how the clothes we buy were made. 

    To be able to buy choosing to be conscious and being a protagonist in the system transformation process, we have to understand the huge impact that textile production has when it comes to resources, contamination, and in the people that are involved in the process. 

    LOOKING TOWARDS SUCH CHANGES, THE SUMMIT´S AUDITORIUM APPLAUDED TO AN ALTERNATIVE FUTURE FOR OUR INDUSTRY.

  • (Jun 23, 2018)
    Our supply chain begins with the sustainable breeding of the four types of South American camelids -- two of them wild (guanaco and vicugna) and two domesticated (llama and alpaca). Guanacos and vicugnas are protected species that live in the heights, and the latter are bred in semi-captivity to obtain the finest and most precious wool. Wild herds of both animals are moved towards pens, through a process called “chaku”, where their soft fleece is manually trimmed with scissors.
    We also work with industrially spun fibers, but only in their natural shades or naturally dyed, without any chemicals. These natural fibers acquire their colors from the elements provided by the same land that saw them come to life. Flowers, seeds, fruits and tannins provide the necessary colors for both the traditional and fusion designs. The fibers are dyed in trays of hot water that are later drained off and left to dry in the sun, and they are then pressed to eliminate imperfections. As a result, the products respect the unique quality of each fiber: their softness, delicacy and comfort. Natural fibers are an excellent renewable resource, being 100% biodegradable and carbon neutral. For orange, blue and red colored garments, natural dyes are used to enhance the color effect. Other fibers we work with include Andean silk, organic pima cotton (in its natural colors which range from neutral to yellows and browns), merino wool, chaguar, and other natural raw materials such as onyx, nickel, and silver. Artisans spin the fibers by hand and dye them with pigments obtained from native plants, reviving the techniques inherited from our rich history.
    Here we present the traceability story of an animaná product, from raw materials to the end- product:
    • Our supply chain begins with the sustainable breeding and shearing of South American camelids in a free environment within the Andes.
    • Classifying and separating the fibers by color, length and thickness is a fundamental stage of the process, after which begins the cleaning of the fibers in pools of hot water and special soaps containing natural elements from the Andes.
    • In order to dye the fibers, we work to recuperate the art of the natural tints, as this knowledge has dissipated in many regions due to extensive use of anilines. The very old from remote villages recall original dyeing techniques from the communities we work with in Peru.
    • The fibers are then manual yarn-spun together with floor, vertical and waist looms. The spinning is defined according to its composition. We look for uniformity in fibers, colors, composition and length.
    • In order to warp the textiles the threads are manually placed in a way which forms the design. Once collocated on the loom the manual weaving begins. One-by-one knots are made with each thread. The pressing is also done manually to eliminate any imperfections (missing threads, knots, etc.) until the textile is perfected, rolled up and ready for sale.
    • The design of each product allows the raw materials to speak for themselves. We believe in recovering the savoir faire of our ancestral techniques, while keeping contemporary design aesthetics in mind.
    Through our use of natural fibers and dyes, we demonstrate that luxury fashion, quality and aesthetics are possible through sustainable development and can work in harmony with cultural heritage traditions.
  • At animaná, our products reflect a philosophy that is independent of fashion fads and mainstream trends. They instead embody our own set of values, influences and sources of inspiration, creating a style impossible to imitate. For our timeless, classic collections we adhere to the principle of “simple luxury”. We feel that nature offers it’s own beauty, which we seek to preserve in our products by letting the fibers and natural colors speak for themselves in our finished home goods, garments and accessories. Since all items are crafted by hand by local artisans using ancestral techniques, each piece is unique while always reflecting our standards of contemporary and sophisticated style. In this manner all animaná collections are born -- with a subtle interchange of cosmopolitan life and modern style with the local culture of Patagonia and the Andes.
    We respect the local culture all across the Andes. Each community upholds a unique history and culture, and each one has access to different natural fibers. Due the rich variety of cultural heritages and resources available in each local region, every community has their own way of crafting pieces to adorn themselves and their homes. Each has their own unique method of spinning by hand, operating a hand loom and fabricating finished pieces. This diversity gives animaná an exclusive array of materials, textures and products.
    Our founder and director, Adriana Marina, was born in Patagonia with sheeps and guanacos and learned from the local culture and by observing nature. She has lived all over the world, and thus is able to impart design direction with a combined view of contemporary style and attitude and local Patagonian values and traditions. Dominique Peclers, founder of the world renowned international brand Trend as well as Peclers Paris -- a style and innovation consultancy group -- met Adriana in 2008 and from then has been collaborating with animaná. Dominique performs assessments for animaná, offering her advice on the creation of the collection, thus selflessly contributing her invaluable experience and marketing savvy to our ideology. Dominique and Adriana have travelled together throughout the Andes and there met with over 50 communities, which influenced much of the design of animaná’s collection.
    In keeping with our spirit of combining ancient crafting techniques with modern aesthetics, we place a great value on collaboration throughout our creative process. We have launched and developed the Centre of Arts and Occupations for local artisans in many cities throughout Argentina, Peru and Bolivia -- the first of which houses our engine for innovation, design and the continuous evolution of our products. This center integrates artisans and contemporary theory on design philosophy by inviting academics, international designers and young professionals from all over the world to experience and enhance our culture and our vision. Many designers, such as Mariela Oliva, Pedro Borquez, Humberto Juarez, Silvia Quattrocci, Paula Belsola Ferrer, Ines Ayerza, Suzie Hall, Mathilde Georget and many others, have worked locally with our artisans.
    Once a new blanket, poncho or scarf design is conceived by our co-op of creatives, a sample is hand crafted and then reviewed by our internal team to ensure the quality, aesthetic and feel meet our luxury standards. After any necessary adjustments are made, production is begun through our network of local expert artisans. We utilize a local chain of production, and we maintain key checkpoints of strict quality control at central points near the Andes. Each finished, unique product is then carefully packaged and ready to be incorporated into your own stylish wardrobe or home.
  • “animaná is the constructive union between thousands of hands working together to build a unique platform based on the search for the safest evolutionary process.” - Adriana Marina

    We invite you to meet Adriana Marina - the founder of animaná. She is the executive in charge of development and is fully committed to sustainable production, local development of communities and relationships with the artisans from the Andes and Patagonia and education about sustainability in fashion through Hecho x Nosotros and Foro Moda Ética Latinoamérica.

    Adriana was born in a Stockbreeding Establishment in Patagonia, Puerto Santa Cruz, Argentina, where she bred lambs and guanaco and coexisted with the communities of Tehuelches and Mapuches. She received her education in Buenos Aires, where she got her degree in Information Systems and Economics and completed a doctoral thesis through a scholarship she earned from Argentina’s Investigation Council on topics of convergence and poverty among Argentine regions. After obtaining her PhD in Economics, Adriana concentrated on issues of local development, inequality, and poverty alleviation, specifically the task of transforming scholastic theory into proactive action within this region.

    She has experience in investments, innovative businesses, forming networks of horizontal work and creating spaces that maximize benefits of both the individual and the group. During marginal times she developed sales networks in different areas of Argentina with great success. This experience and the socio-economic impact on the people she got involved with expanded the richness of this project throughout its entire production chain. Adriana also mentored the social project carried out through Hecho x Nosotros, an NGO that is highly committed to the local reality in Latin America. Her work there helped to accomplish a process of training and empowerment of more than 500 artisans directly and 3,500 others indirectly.
    This is how she was inspired to create animaná. Adriana decided to lead her own social project in order to communicate the abundance of natural resources and manual capabilities of artisans from Patagonia, travelling through the Andes. With this goal in mind she flew to India to meet with Bibi Russell, a woman who has the task of empowering 30,000 artisans in Bangladesh. From this experience, Adriana mobilized a team of professionals, artisans, coordinators, administrators, designers, artists and craftsmen to join in the collaborative network that forms the animaná platform. The animaná team works to recover and document ancestral techniques such as the use of natural fibers and dyes, and also promotes them. It cooperates in getting access to international certifications and in the creation of social and economic networks that later have an impact on local development.
    She launched animaná as a social enterprise focused on reviving the Patagonian and Andean culture that she so deeply loves. Using a highly principled approach to developing products that put people, the environment and local development first -- without compromising the feel or aesthetic -- a truly unique style was born. Adriana strives to take part in the construction of an invisible bridge between the culture and resources of Patagonia, the Andes and the world, and to achieve this we offer products full of wisdom and history to our customers. The fashion and textile industry spans across the world, and it is up to us to challenge the former industry model that condones slavery conditions and contaminates the earth, so that we can reach a SUSTAINABLE MODEL.
    Animaná fully embraces this challenge and invites you to join the commitment with us.
    “Very special thanks to our customers who are our everyday promoters of this dream which is finally coming true.” - Adriana Marina

 Products

  • animaná - Divin blanket
    This hand-loomed blanket is made with 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk, which creates a unique, light and soft texture. It features a contrasting two-tone stripe in a range of bright and natural colors....

  • This is a hand-loomed blanket made by a cooperative of women in Peru. We combine 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk to create a unique texture and a final piece which can be used in the home as well as a cozy travel wrap. The brightness provided by the silk creates a perfect visual effect, combining traditional knitting techniques with contemporary design. All the materials are natural and the dyes used to create color are taken from plants, seeds, and more. Measures can be personalized. The measure of the product in the picture is 55x71 in. 
  • animaná - Amathilde shawl
    Handloomed baby alpaca shawl dyed with natural dyes. Less than 0.5 pounds it's perfect to be used during all the year. Hypoallergenic and made entirely with natural fibers by a cooperative of artisans in Patagonia....

  • Our Amathilde shawl is hand-loomed with 100% baby alpaca, which is a hypoallergenic and very soft fiber. The weight and design of this piece allow to use it during all the year. As the natural fibers breathe, they keep you warm during Winter and fresh during Summer. Perfect options for gifts as they're really easy to combine, timeless and for all ages. 
  • animaná - D'ail blanket
    This throw is made with 100% baby alpaca. The softness is unique and the design is perfect to accommodate it in different spaces of the home or to use is as a travel blanket....

  • This throw is made 100% with baby alpaca. Using natural and not contaminating dyes, we create a wide range of colors to be the accent of a room or an outfit. The measure (71x51 in.) and weight, together with the incredible softness makes this product perfect for different occasions. 

  • animaná - Dalma blanket
    This blanket is made 100% with organic merino wool, coming from the Argentinian Patagonia. The texture and color are unique, creating an art piece that can be the accent of any room....

  • This blanket is made 100% with organic merino wool, coming from the Argentinian Patagonia. The texture and color are unique, creating an art piece that can be the accent of any room. 
  • animaná - Fabea sweater
    Our clothing line is based on the concept of the poncho adapted to contemporary designs which are perfect for the city, warm and soft....

  • Our line of clothing is based on the concept of the poncho. We offer a wide range of basic, classic and timeless designs which are thought to last beyond fashion and can be combined in different ways to look more casual or informal. 
    To be used by young woman and professionals of all areas. Made 100% with baby alpaca and mixtures of baby alpaca and silk. 
  • animaná - Arctique knit kit
    Our line of hand-knitted accessories made with 100% baby alpaca is the perfect complement for Winter season. Hats, gloves, and scarves with incredible textures and quality in the natural colors of alpaca and dyed with natural materials to create colors....

  • Our line of hand-knitted accessories made with 100% baby alpaca is the perfect complement for Winter season. Hats, gloves, and scarves with incredible textures and quality in the natural colors of alpaca and dyed with natural materials to create colors. 

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