Author: allisonladd

How We Got Access to Hidden Treasures: The Cachi Sisters

peruvian silver cuff

Had it not been for the approval of a shaman, who just happened to be doing a cleansing of the artists’ studio that day, we might have never been able to bring you the exquisite jewelry of the Cachi sisters.

Peruvian artisans - Cachi sisters

In their small and humble taller (the Peruvian term for studio), tucked into the busy streets of Cusco, Peru, sisters Hilda and Sonia Cachi work with quiet intensity, seemingly unaware of the hustle and bustle outside. They’re carrying out an uncompromised family tradition of making some of Peru’s finest silver jewelry.

silver smith peru

At the recommendation of a dear friend, I went to visit Hilda and Sonia, who are famously reclusive, working only with buyers and clients that meet their standards-standards known only to them. With great hope and excitement, I trekked to their unassuming space and thanks to that shaman who advised Hilda that my aura was a radiant blue, I was admitted access to their magical world.

silver heart earrings - cache sisters
 

Hilda and Sonia are just two of Gregorio Cachi’s five daughters, all of whom are metal-smiths. Continuing in the footsteps of their award-winning father, the sisters practice time-honored and highly laborious techniques to make silver jewelry that is so highly crafted that their clients travel from all of the world-Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina-to view and purchase their work. Hilda’s work tends to be more Pre-Columbia and rustic, while Sonja’s work can be identified by contemporary variations on traditional designs.

making colonial silver jewelry

Sitting on wooden benches, amidst a clutter of hammers and other tools, they work tirelessly at every detail. They pour silver into antique molds and through careful hammering and refining, create one-of-a-kind colonial pieces that are of such quality and detail that associations, such as UNESCO, seek them out. Hilda has been honored with awards from UNESCO and the Peruvian government as has her father.

 
At El Pequeno Colibri, we are dedicated to honoring artists whose work honors Peruvian heritage and culture. And so I am delighted (and grateful!) to be able to present you with the work of Hilda and Sonia Cachi.

Sunshine in your Pocket: Our End-of-Summer Collection

Those who are drawn to the style of Peru describe a craving for color, energy, and vibrant simplicity. Our End-of-Summer collection offers just this, an authentic and delicious selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories that will inspire you to embrace every sunrise with passion.

silver hair accessories
Summer is a rich abundance. We think these pieces will help you radiate your own Peruvian sunshine no matter where you are. The amazing silver stick pins we have right now are available in five colors made with different Peruvian stones that bring a splash of color to your hairstyle or garment. Crafted using 950 silver (a higher quality silver than most sterling silver), this soft, warm metal will become beautifully seasoned over time.

statement jewelry silver brooch
This traditional peacock tupo is truly a treasure, worthy of passing down to younger generations. Acquired from a local award-winning artisan, the detail and quality of this piece is breathtaking. (There’s only one left!) The bold peacock is decorated with three small glass stones that catch the light while delicate little charms gently dangle from below.

summer handbag tote bag
Carry summer with you with a fun and vibrant carryall bag. Whether you’re walking to the beach or exploring a street festival with friends, these bags are big enough are for all your essentials.

elegant shawl scarf
Wrap yourself in color and elegance with a distinctive cotton or alpaca shawl. These pieces are hand-woven and each one is one-of-a-kind. These can be worn with your everyday look or draped over more formal attire. The detail, comfort, and versatility will make these accents a staple in your wardrobe.

handmade ceramic dishes
And finally, we love these richly textured hand-made ceramic dishes that bring Peru into your home and can be used in so many ways. Perfect for an afternoon snack of fresh mango or bringing a rustic note of allure to an entry table. The simple, contemporary design is gorgeously complimented by the hand-wrought texture that quietly evokes the artist’s hand.

Peru is charismatic and electric and keeps us inspired to follow our passion, discovering the creations of local artists and artisans. We travel all over Peru, meeting artists and learning about how they work. We are so happy to be able to bring their work to El Pequeno Colibri so that we can all appreciate and enjoy these moments of beauty.

New for Spring!

New for Spring from Señora Pilar and the Sumac Millma Association of Artisans in Cusco.  Hand knit, crochet look, light-weight baby alpaca in three styles. An extra long, versatile lightweight shawl,that can be worn in a number of ways, modeled by Yaneth Cisneros.
new spring textiles
A light-weight, long sleeve sweater coat and a long, sleeveless vest with collar.
new spring textiles
All are beautifully made, easy, flattering to wear and made from the highest quality baby alpaca. Available May 19th in 4 colors (not pictured): off-white, beige, a light blue/gray, and denim blue.