Silvia in the Market June 18 2015, 0 Comments
Silvania products from 1974 June 18 2015, 0 Comments
I recently received this email from a very kind customer.
"Reviewing my letters from Peru I wondered if "Silvania Prints" still exists. Well this way I found your shop. I don't know if you are interested, but I send you some pictures of things we bought in 74 and the flyer we got."
Victor and Silvia ca. 1952 May 28 2015, 0 Comments
Real men cut the cake with a machete. My grandparents in New York circa 1952.
Silvania ca. 2003 May 27 2015, 0 Comments
Silvia in the Selva (in Silvania), 1950's May 21 2015, 0 Comments
Winter Walk December 12 2013, 0 Comments
In The Stude: Reinterpreting My Grandmother's Prints December 05 2013, 0 Comments
In The Stude: Makeup Case Design Process December 05 2013, 0 Comments
I'm prototyping my ideal makeup case. The end result will end up on my website in hand-printed fabrics so give me feedback and I'll incorporate your advice! Here's my list of musts:
I love the way this guy turned out except that the bottom of the case turned out too small after boxing the corners. What do you think? The next version you see will be refined, with hand-printed llamas!
In The Stude: How to Tie a Knot Like a Pro November 18 2013, 0 Comments
In The Stude: How to Sew a Button Like a Pro November 11 2013, 0 Comments
In The Stude: The First November 07 2013, 0 Comments
Hi, I'm Georgia and this is my main squeeze, Huck. This is my first post about my fashion design adventures in my studio aka The Stude.
It's raining here in Portland. This is our look post dog park, which was extremely muddy. I love this scarf. I stole it from my grandmother's closet.
Aunt Victoria October 10 2013, 0 Comments
I'm fresh off the plane from Europe, where I spent two weeks visiting friends and family from Rome to London. One of many inspiring moments of the trip was flipping through my aunt Victoria's modeling portfolio while hearing stories about her from my cousin Phillippe. She's precisely the kind of woman who inspires me to design; strong, smart, and adventurous. She left modeling to become a neurobiologist at a laboratory in Paris. An animal lover, she collected unusual pets including a lizard who made its home in her Paris apartment bathroom.
Celebrate Silvania's New Portland Home at Queen Bee September 18 2013, 0 Comments
Queen Bee has revamped its shop and has become Silvania's Portland home. Join me, the Queen Bee staff, and bunch of local design friends to celebrate the new space. You are welcome to check out the Silvania work studio which I share with fellow designer Heather Treadway. Plus, you'll see Queen Bee's Fall collection, enjoy treats from Dragonfly Chai, get crafty and invite your wee ones to get crafty too, and shop the newly expanded offerings of clothing and goodies. More details at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/199777106859841/
Queen Bee, 3961 N Williams Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227
Friday, September 20th from 5pm to 9pm
Callería July 23 2013, 0 Comments
My grandmother, Silivia, created Silvania Prints in 1958 after falling in love with the ancient artwork left behind by long-gone artists that surfaced in modern Peru as 'artifacts'. Taking inspiration from textiles, ceramics, and the Nazca Lines, she sketched her own version of motifs from relics she found in museums and on expeditions throughout Peru. Her fabrics brought new life to the ancient deities and designs she found, bringing them into the modern world as clothing, curtains, pillows, and purses. I can't believe my luck in having a catalog of her designs; not only can I keep her memory alive by using her fabrics in my clothing designs, but the legacy of precolonial Peruvian artists spanning two millenia!
When I dreamt up my Silvania revival a few years ago, it occured to me that apart from breathing new life into Peru's ancient art, Silvania ought to do its part to share the living traditional textile arts of Peru with the world. Partnering with textile artisans has offered me a unique opportunity to help keep traditional crafts alive while supporting indigenous communities. I recently made this video to show you the origin of the embroidery you find in Silvania garments, below. My guide was seven-year-old Jennifer along with her mother, Casilda Isabel, and father, Florencio. Casilda not only embroiders Silvania garments but recruits sisters and cousins to embroider garments and manages shipments of embroidered fabric to Lima. She is teaching her daughter Jennifer to embroider 'kené', as this style is called, and hopes her daughter will go to college and become a 'professional woman' one day. Find more photos of Jennifer, Casilda, and Florencio on our trip to Callería (six hours by boat!) on the Silvania Tumblr.
Left: the Isabel Dress is named after my star embroiderer, Casilda Isabel. The wrap-around belts were hand-embroidered by Casilda, her sisters, and mother.
Right: the Naymlap T-shirt depicts the god Naymlap, who rose from the sea and sailed to land on a raft according to Moche legend. Gold sequins were machine embroidered and filled in with kené hand-embroidery. If you look closely in Naymlaps crown you will find the initials of the woman who embroidered your shirt!
Mother's Day Sale May 08 2013, 0 Comments
You only have a few more days to prepare for that special day so you'd better get shopping! Choose something special for your mama from the Silvania shop and enter promotion code mama2013 now through mother's day to save 20% off your entire order. Two great options below; the Totora dress and Ceterni dress, both in soft organic pima cotton.
The New Look February 08 2013, 1 Comment
The ancient messenger of the Inca empire, the chasqui, connected the cultures of ancient Peru by running the Capac Ñan, royal road of the Incas. Inspiration for the new logo came from one of Silvia's earliest prints of chasqui figures.
The Peruvian postal service released chasqui stamps in the 1970's which helped shape the new logo, as well as the figure Silvia designed for the Inca Highway Expedition. Before she created Silvania Prints, Silvia traveled throughout romote Peru, tracing the ancient Inca highway as the team artist in her early 20's. The sketches she came back to Lima with became her the first designs she would silkscreen onto fabric.
A map of Capac Ñan adorns the endpapers of Highway of the Sun, written by Silvia's then-husband, Victor von Hagen. See if you can find it on the Story page.