Artisans of Inti is a slow-fashion brand based in Cusco, Peru that partners with master artisans to handcraft apparel. Our products are thoughtfully handcrafted, using traditional artisanal techniques, by urban artisans and indigenous artisans from nearby highland communities.
The name Artisans of Inti, was inspired by the origin myth of the Incan civilization. The Inca people inhabited the Andes mountains and worshipped the sun god, Inti. Inti was revered as the source of all life and knowledge, and he taught the Inca people how to weave and make ceramics, among other essential skills. Incorporating the quechua word, "Inti" into our name reflects our dedication to preserving artisanal heritage through socially responsible business.
MISSION + VISION
We seek to preserve artisanal heritage and empower artisans by connecting artisans with the global fair trade marketplace.
We believe that an empowered consumer is essential for crafting a more compassionate and connected world. At Artisans of Inti, you know where your goods are coming from, how they are made and exactly who made them.
We partner with artisans to source, create and design our handmade collection. Many of the artisans with whom we work are masters in their field and provide their own price structures. In other cases, Artisans of Inti works alongside individual artisans to determine an above market price per item. Artisans of Inti offers artisans an outlet to continue their craft and support their families, through a fair wage.
Equitable Working Conditions
In Peru’s rural indigenous communities, women traditionally work inside the home. Many of our female artisans choose to work from home, giving them the flexibility to care for their families while also earning an income. Our male leather workers also create their own hours and produce at their own pace, working in small home workshops and independent establishments.
Artisans of Inti is proud to be a part of the Slow Fashion Movement. Our collection is entirely handmade by artisans in small batches with little waste. Our leftover pieces of textile and leather are used to make memorable corporate gifts, such as keychains and cardholders. When we do have remaining stock from past collections, we choose to donate our handmade pieces to a US nonprofit that supports young single mothers.
We use handwoven alpaca fiber and sheep wool textiles, naturally dyed from local plants and minerals to produce authentic, handwoven textiles. Our entirely natural textiles are a piece apart from the machine-made, synthetic textiles that you will find in many of Peru's marketplaces today, and reflect our commitment to the Slow Fashion Movement.
We also exclusively source vegetable-tanned leather and leathers containing minimal Chromium 6, a harmful chemical used in conventional tanning processes. Vegetable-tanned leather has a longer life and actually builds character with age. As the tanning process is entirely organic, vegetable tanned leather is entirely safe for the user, and is biodegradable, when disposed of after a long useful life.
My travels across Central and South America eventually led me to Cusco, where I was introduced to Peru's rich artisanal heritage. Traveling down the Peruvian Andes, I met a number of master artisans, carrying on their families' artisanal legacy through traditional weaving and leather working. I was quickly enamored with the skill and quality of their work. Yet, I encountered one shared obstacle among all the artisans I met: access to a market that pays a fair wage for handmade products.
A collection of conversations and relationships with artisans ultimately transformed into Artisans of Inti, which has since grown to support twelve master artisans across the Cusco Region. Front and center in my work with Peruvian artisans is my commitment to social impact, sustainability and transparency. Have a question for me or want to chat about Peru, artisans, or social responsibility? Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org