Belt and History
One day I came to realize that change has to come from within oneself, and you have to eventually start doing something about it.
After several trips to the Peruvian highlands, I had the opportunity to meet a group of women who despite their hardships were still strong and resilient entrepreneurs with a lot of courage. Women who desired more for their lives, and that with a bit of support they could achieve something great. That is when I decided to help.
I am a woman who goes threw many challenges. I am stubborn, creative and eager to help those I can. This time it was their stories, hopes, and desires which sparked my inspiration to support them.
But, how? How can I start?
My knowledge, taste, and passions always took me to two places: the first one is to fashion in the 70s, fashion that expressed peace and love threw all things natural and handmade, such as with crochets and embroideries.
The second place is the majesty and colours of Peru. So I thought, what better way than to combine both and create a fashion accessories brand, handmade by women. That’s where the idea of the first hand embroidered Peruvian belt was born, becoming the start of something great.
First I needed to try things on my own, so I started teaching myself, embroidering various different types of stitches in fabric scraps. All in different colours and graphics. Soon I began practicing with women artisans to become more proactive, competitive, and capable. I understood this was a product that could generate earnings for the sustainable development they so very much needed.
With hard work the big project Tikanchay, which had now become my passion, was finally made possible. It means blossom in Quechua (the language of the Incas), and the philosophy which guides it, is simple: to love what we do and work with people who feel the same way.
Now we are Karin de la Sierra, with a production capacity of up to 40,000 belts per year. Providing sustainable development to over 500 Peruvian families, as well as fair wages and helping them improve their living conditions, always guided by their beliefs and traditions.
Thank you for continuing to believe and grow with us.
WHO IS KARIN
I’m Karin, a creative woman with too many ideas and not enough time.
If you are like me and you like handmade things, where every piece is different, making them unique and perfect for your house, wardrobe, and heart…then you’re in the right place!
Thank you for your interest in my handmade accessories.