Once again, we have been blessed with meeting good people. Several months ago, our friend Carrie took a whale watching tour olong the coast. She went with a couple that were staying at Samana Chakra, a hotel in Mancora where Carrie taught yoga. While they were on their boat tour, they went past our home and Angela took a picture of our house. She later sent it to Carrie who then forwarded it on to me. The picture provided a prospective from the water, which we had not seen before. We sent it on to our architect, who wanted to use it to promote his business.
Angela and her husband, Jose, are now back in Mancora and wrote to see if we could get together. They came out to our house this morning and stayed through an afternoon meal. Jim and Danielle were here as well. We had a great afternoon visiting and sharing stories. Angela spoke fluent English and Jose’s English was quite good. When I firt met him, I told him my Spanish was about as good as his English. By the end of the afternoon, I needed to revise that statement….his English was much better than my Spanish!
Both Angela and Jose are fashion designers. Angela has worked with various stores as their buyer and has traveled to China, India and other countries buying clothes for stores here in Peru. Jose is more into the designing and has had extensive training in making fabrics as wellas design. He told us about some of the cotton found in Peru. Generally, what is widely found is a cream colored cotton that is produced. The highesst quality of cotton is the Pima cotton. However, other native cotton plants have been discovered that have a color other than the cream color. Wild cotton comes in red brick, green and a gold color. The locals in this area have harvested, and refined these fibers for their own use. One entrepenure has developed this local industry into a much more global enterprise. These cotton fibers are well sought after and the local economy has benefited from the production of the cotton.
I was excited to make some Peruvian contacts in the field of fibers. I am always looking for new sources of yarns. I have generally found alpaca, wool and even rabbit fibers available in vrious shops in and around Lima. Cotton has been a bit more difficult to come by. Jose had several suggestions and told me when I came to Lima he would take me to some shops that had cotton fibers on cones for weaving. He also knew of a location where I could buy fabrics suitable for quilting in Lima.
I am amazed. The people we meet here open up so many avenues of opportunity for us.