Artisans dye the wool fabric using locally sourced ingredients and weave it by hand.Subscribe for Updates
Quechua speakers say, "You can see the past, so it lies in front of you. But you can’t see the future, so it lies behind you."
The word "qhipa" refers to the future and can be roughly translated as "going forward by looking backward." We chose this name as a reference to our social mission to strengthen the communities and preserve the cultural legacy of the Quechua-speaking artisans who handcraft the fabric used in making Qhipas footwear.
The weaving techniques and dye recipes used to create the colorful wool fabric for Qhipas are native to the Peruvian Andes region and date back more than a thousand years. The fabric is woven entirely by hand using 400-year-old back-strap looms.
The vibrant colors achieved in the fabric are all-natural dyes sourced from local ingredients, such as minerals, nuts, flowers, fruits, and insects. These dyes are produced in massive copper pots over open flames according to ancient recipes handed down for generations. The colors change with the seasons depending on what is available or in bloom.
Master Ecuadorian Zapateros (shoemakers) carefully handcraft each pair one shoe at a time using the Strobel construction system. Every pair is unique and carries the creativity and energy of the artisans who handcraft them.
The Qhipas mission isn't just to create high-quality, one-of-a-kind footwear; it’s also about creating connections with talented artisans and in a way that sustains their cultural heritage, traditions, language, and way of life.
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