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February 04, 2012  | by: Martha Adjei

Garments from the Puruvian-inspired knitwear line

Parsons School of Design Graduates Courtney Cedarholm and Andria Crescioni remind us that winter isn’t quite over yet. These two amazing young designers got the chance to work opposite Andean textile weavers to design their sustainable and highly-acclaimed wool line.

According to Ecouterre, the two used “domestic cotton, baby alpaca wool, and dyes from local flora and fauna” to knit their pieces, making each piece domestically sourced, which is an extremely earth-friendly decision.

The two designers say that they were inspired by the the stark contrast between traditional Peruvian dress and the clothing of the tourists who visited there. This hand-sewn line is funky-70s with a retro schoolgirl flare, and the details on each piece are incredible. The garments are on display for all to see at the New York City Textile Arts Center until Monday.

I admire the two designers for designing such a quality product. and I’m totally digging the ethnic influence. I hope the domestic sourcing thing really catches on; it saves so much energy when you use the materials that are closest to you. Hopefully, the bigger designers start thinking the same way.

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