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Vivienne Westwood & husband Andreas Kronthaler strut down the Paris runway in authentic Ashaninka Cushma tunics styled with Ashaninka and Awajun accessories, including the beautiful Awajun Enkepa Breastplate. She visited the Ashaninka community in the Peruvian Amazon with partners from Ecotribal and NGO Cool Earth and is voicing her support for the rainforest, its cultures and the environment. GET YOUR ASHANINKA CUSHMA and AWAJUN ENKEPA BREASTPLATE on our online shop! Read it here. Photo: AP.
Sass Bown is a force of nature in the fashion world. The author of Eco Fashion and her new book ReFashioned, Sass BrownRead More›
It’s exciting to see the AMARNO artisans’ Satellite Internet Project and fundraising campaign featured in Burners Without Borders Projects! Read about the project on BWB or visit the project’s page on GO. You can also contribute toward the project through Violeta’s Champion page. The AMARNO artisans have partnered with ORG by vio, Groundwork Opportunities, and Ecotribal to fundraise for the AMARNO Satnet Project. The satellite Internet installation in their remote community in the Peruvian Amazon will support their community’s sustainable future by creating an alternative to the sale of rainforest trees.
Happiness is infectious! This song by Pharrell Williams has been the theme this week, energizing the work space and inspiring bursts of joy. Designing to it is loads of fun with dance breaks from time to time. Watch the 24 hour video here. Feel the joy, enjoy, dance along and just be happy, because happiness is truth! HaPpiNeSs is YOU!
We are working with Yanesha artisans on a joint bio jewelry project with PaTS (Partnerships and Technology for Sustainability) organization and funded by IICA-Finland (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture). Here is a sneak peek featuring some of the artisans and PaTS founder Jeronimo Cooklin. Spanish version here.
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I was honored when friend and colleague Sass Brown, author of Eco Fashion and her newest book Refashioned, invited me to join the Fashion Revolution campaign in support of the people who make our clothes and all fashion items. As a designer of sustainable clothing and fashion since 1993 and through my work with Amazon artisans, this is a movement that I stand behind 100%.
Started in the UK, it is growing into a global movement as more people want to know who makes their clothes, accessories, shoes and all fashion items… and more companies are adding ethical and sustainable practices into their ethos.
On April, 24th, 2014, the one year anniversary of one of the worst disasters in recent years in the apparel industry, fashion leaders,
Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus
I recently gave a Steve McCurry Photography book as a present for Christmas. His photography continues to inspire me. The iconic “Afghan Girl” first captured my attention and the imagination of the world three decades ago. His images are filled with soul, color and stories. Inspired by the ancient quote, his blog post paints the importance of knowing one’s self to adorn ourselves accordingly. Nothing expresses who we are better than the way we show ourselves to the world, according to our unique likes, culture, traditions, fashion… Embellishing our bodies minimally or extravagantly. It all is a celebration of life. Express yourself! ~ Vio
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After beautiful holidays and bringing in the new year with family and friends, we look forward to a year full of wonderful experiences, expressing ourselves creatively with elements that reflect our inner truth and beauty. While we continue to reach people and markets with the beautiful jewelry handmade by the artisans we work with, and support the Awajún artisans Satnet Project to reach a milestone to help themselves, their families and community. The AMARNO artisans are spearheading a project to install satellite internet to help their community’s sustainable future by creating an alternative to the sale of rainforest trees.
Please share with your family and friends and consider giving @ http://groundworkopportunities.org/champions/violetav68.
We also invite you to create your own Champion page to raise funds for this cause through your network @http://groundworkopportunities.org/ideas/provide-market-access-to-peruvian-artisans…Just click on the “Fundraise for this Idea” button.
100% of all tax-deductible donations will go directly to this cause.
In September I joined the PaTS team on a journey to work on ORG by vio’s first bio jewelry collaboration with the Yanesha community in the Palcazú Valley, Perú. PaTS has been working with the Yanesha for over a decade, making stunning home decor and functional items using managed forest woods. It was another inspiring experience withRead More›
My go to clothes and accessories. Whenever I gotta get ready fast, I grab my favorite pieces. These include my own handmade custom clothing for evening… and these day into night layers from friends’ collections: Linda Loudermilk’s embellished organic cotton mesh top, Calleen Cordero’s Farah Sandal, our beautiful ORG by vio traditional Awajún Enkepa Breasplate, my husdand’s Sage Blades hand-forged Flint and Steel Pendant, Enlightened Goddess silver bead bracelet, Shipibo straw bracelet, studded band andRead More›
The NantuWaterfall Necklace is a gorgeous necklace named for the dark, waterfalling seeds. Nantu means Moon in the Awajún language. Worn over a tee or evening dress, this necklace will definitely make a statement in true elegant fashion. Visit our Shop and get your very own Nantu. Also available at Maven Collection.
Inspiring friend, Zoë Tryon, is raising funds and working for ClearWater Project in the Cofán community where we work with Asociación Sukû artisans in Ecuador. Zoë has been working with indigenous Amazon communities since 2006. Committed to supporting these ancestral lands and cultures, she helps bring awareness about the devastation caused by oil extraction in the Amazon, while raising needed funds to set up water catchment systems that supply clean drinkable water for the communities that have been left with open oil pits from decades of oil extraction. The vast contamination that continues to seep into ground water, rivers and soil has raised cancer rates, illnesses and deaths in people and fauna in Amazon territory. You can still contribute to the ClearWater Project at groundworkopportunities.org/champions/zoetryon and at www.giveclearwater.org.
We are back in Idyllwild. The fires came very close to our beautiful town last week. This area normally doesn’t get rain from May to November, but our prayers were answered when last weekend, we got rain! Over four thousand firefighters came to stop the fire that grew to over 27,000 acres. Had it not been for the rain, itRead More›
The Ecuadorian magazine Vanguardia did an article on designer Violeta Villacorta and ORG by vio’s work with Amazon artisans in Ecuador and Perú. The article’s coverage coincides with an exhibit of ORG by vio in Quito, Ecuador, at La Cuchara de San Marcos from June 5 through July 5. View article in Press – See more in Features page.
During the month of May the Awajún participated in the week-long Feria Arte Nativa “De la Selva Su Arte” organized by Mincetur in Lima, Perú. They were among the most talented artisans with their unique and elaborate collections.
On June 4th, Cofán artisans Feliza Ortiz and her daughter Marhy Mendua (pictured above) of Asociación Sukû, traveled from their community in Dureno, Sucumbios, to the capital city of Quito, Ecuador, for the opening of theRead More›