“One of the most difficult moments of my life was when I had to go to live in Lima, the capital of Peru. I had to leave my mom, my dad, and my sister. I had to do this in order to fulfil my dreams by pursuing a higher education in textile engineering. I am proud to have beaten my loneliness, through which I learned to make each new place that I visit my second home, by meeting new people and making new friends.
“Working for myself has been the most beautiful thing that has happened in my life, but it is also one of the most difficult challenges that I have had. The path has been very long with many obstacles, but apprenticeship is the most important thing. Working for myself has allowed me to meet extraordinary people and see many places. It has also helped me to mature, grow as a person, fortify my entrepreneurial spirit, and share my experiences with the world.
“In order to gain mastery in this art, I had to learn to manage my emotions and channel my internal energy. This gave me the patience and humility that I needed to learn from the great master artisans. A lot of dedication, passion, and love for what I do have been the keys for me.
“I have as many professional dreams as I have personal ones, but the most important one is working with my brother artisans and alpaca farmers of Peru. I want to empower them and give them resources so that they can develop themselves, growing as people living in harmony with their loved ones and the environment. I believe that by dedicating myself to the textile field I can generate incentives and motives for my own community.
“I became interested in textile art through my grandfather, Venancio Rojas. He wove blankets and frazadas. He loaded his loom and created the warp, and also inspired my elementary school history teacher to talk about the Paracas blankets and Inca textiles. That was when my passion for textiles, our history, and alpacas was born.
“My aunt Vicenta Rojas taught me this art. She is a master artisan, and is very dedicated to handicrafts, teaching, and textiles. She founded the first scholastic center for artisanal knowledge in Junin. I too teach this art in my community, continuing the legacy that she left behind.
“What I like the most about my art is that I can transmit emotions through the textiles that I offer. It also allows me to get to know how mystical and rich Peru is through its textiles. What I find the most challenging about my work is being able to help more artisans and improve their quality of life. My inspiration comes from the Andes, from Mother Earth, the sky, the moon, and the stars. I can also say that I am inspired by my Inca ancestors, my culture, and alpacas.
“I create my art with my family. My sister Maylen is the one who organizes my artisan brothers to that they can weave. She also teaches them the importance of coexistence, solidarity, and empowerment. My mother Apolinaria helps with quality control and spoils the entire team with her cooking. My father Juan is the leader of the alpaca farmers and artisans. He is in charge of arranging help for raising the alpacas and he is very vigilant in their care.
“I am very happy to belong to the great NOVICA family and I know that I could not have found a better place than this. I am very thankful.”