VERONICA SILVA ORFEBRE
Veronica Silva Orfebre is a goldsmith who incorporates a variety of natural, noble materials into her enchanting designs. The jeweler uses rare materials such as found volcanic lava remnants and horsehair. She combines these more coarse materials with recycled copper or locally extracted silver to create elegant, timeless jewelry.
TELARES POR ANGELICA DEL SANTE
Also drawing on the Chilean landscape, Angelica del Sante is a designer and fiber artist who has studied the development of the loom and new techniques over the last five years. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces that serve as scarves, wraps, shawls, cowls and even head wraps. Her style is influenced by her studies in Spain, a stay with the local aboriginal group, the Mapuche, in Southern Chile and Andean textile techniques. Del Sante uses wool, cotton, silk and occasionally leather in her woven pieces, all of which transmit a cultural story. The wool is untreated and when dyed, is tinted with natural products such as vegetables, fruit and clay making her designs the perfect reflection of the natural environment.
CHILOTE HOUSE SHOES
Chilote House Shoes is about more than good design. The company has been recognized by the Core77 Design Awards- Design for Social Impact, the NYIGF’s 2011 Eco-Choice Award and IDEA Resposibility Award for its efforts to create a disruptive socially inclusive production ecosystem. The small Chilean company works with local women in Patagonia to produce their well-designed yet simple shoe guided by craftsmanship. The shoes feature upcycled salmon skin, a bi-product of the Chilean fishing industry, and raw natural wool, both renewable materials readily available in the surrounding environment. Each Chilote Shoe comes with a unique QR code where consumers can learn more about the geographical and production details as well as the face of the craftswoman behind each shoe.
ORIGEN LO NATURAL
Origen Lo Natural is a family run business that uses 100 percent natural fibers. The eco-friendly designs include artistic dresswear as well as bags and other accessories. An ancestral Nuno felting technique results in handmade fabric produced from sheep wool blended with cotton or natural silk fibers. Each product is individually altered and dyed making every piece unique.