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The Early Days

I unearthed this contact sheet in an old family photo album. That’s my mom and auntie with the book, the original Silvania fabric-printing workshop, and two fabrics designed by my grandmother, inspired by ancient Peruvian art.

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Mari and Kim

Two women, one in Germany, one in Japan, are comparing notes on their collections from the '80's on the Silvania Facebook page. Thanks for the pics, Mari and Kim!   "Me,1983, in Lima, Peru, wearing a Silvania Prints dress. The colors were so bright and rich, people on the sidewalk parted to watch me go by. The dress is in storage, but I still have the purse that went with it." -Kim "Wow! What a coincidence! It is a exactly the same textile as I have." -Mari

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  I received a message from an Argentine Silvania fan who bought this shirt in 1986 on a trip to Lima and still wears it. She told me: "Celebro tu decisión de seguir con ese fantástico emprendimiento... ¡tu abuela, y las mujeres latinoamericanas lo merecemos!!!" Translated: "I celebrate your decision to carry on this fantastic venture...your grandmother and Latin American women deserve it!!!" What better motivation is there to get to work, albeit on a Saturday?!

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El Comercio

Among the postcards: a clipping from El Comercio about Silvania when my mamama closed her Miraflores shop in 2004. I was with her in Lima when they wrote the article, feeling my first sparks of inspiration not to let Silvania go.

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