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Timeless Arequipa at Alpaca Moda – Carola Solis – Photography, fashion & philosophies inspired
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Timeless Arequipa at Alpaca Moda

It was 2012, I had already made the decision to _seriously_ embrace photography and so, I carried my heavy camera everywhere. We decided to go to Arequipa, where I had been in the nineties, but this time was different, I would have time to portray it to my liking. Arequipa has always seemed fascinating to me for several reasons: Because it allows me to dress in different ways depending on the time of day (at that moment of my life, I was beginning to _seriously_ explore clothes like walking canvasses). And because I felt like I could walk around the city as if it were Europe (at least that is the way I remember). Backpack on my back, dress and comfy shoes. I captured its sillar monuments, its flowers, its corners, its religious art and finally its sunsets. They have been my favorite days of exploring a city (especially because of the sun falling on the snowy, it is magical).

Chompa de alpaca, falda Misti - Arequipa Atemporal

Alpaca sweater, “Misti volcano” skirt, leather shoes- Timeless Arequipa

I knew nothing of returning four years later to show a collection that would portray these photographs on clothing. Less I knew my daughter would be in the audience, and how moving it was going to be to have her there.

The runway, has this magic of showing the work of months _ in this case, years_ in minutes, with its overflowing emotion of the new, which now thanks to digital media can be shown not only at that place, but can reach the world.

Abrigo de alpaca - Body con print de Virgen de Chapi

Alpaca cape – “Virgen de Chapi” body, leather and alpaca boots – Arequipa Atemporal

For me, paying homage to each city (something that was not planned, but which is naturally given in my work), keeps the magic of processing my work through shaping a space, a certain time, an identity, a certain concept. Clothing acquires flavors, feelings, evokes colors, becomes more than merely clothing.

This is a process that I did not expect _ maybe _ but I am very glad to be giving. As Flaminio Soncini said of my work, is to have a marked identity, but shaping the universal soul.

My work would not be what it is, had I not returned to my country to study Anthropology. Anthropology helped me to see my country with eyes from the outside, but to understand it from the inside, to dig in my heart, to dig into its soul, to understand it, to understand myself.

Capa en tela de alpaca, vestido Virgen de Chapi - Colección Arequipa Atemporal

Alpaca cape, “Virgen de Chapi” dress, leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal

For me, it is no longer a biased fascination of someone who sees their country with eyes of love because it is the only thing that I know. Rather, they are the eyes of a mature love that goes back home, knowing that there is a beautiful world out there, and at the same time, recognizing its wonderfulness and all the opportunities we have to explore within, to reinvent.

I am fascinated by this photographic, anthropological and artistic work, because I am not alone, we are a team made up of artisans, seamstresses, designers, photographers, students, working, who _directly or indirectly_ are protagonists of this project, and by doing that, building a new identity (a favorite subject of Peruvians of these times), giving the “who we are” concept a new shape. For me, this work would be nothing without transformation… the transformation that goes inside and which one day will be part of our history, our past is that is our present today and our present that is our future.

I embrace this with my heart and I give “Arequipa Atemporal” to you <3.

Blusa torres de sillar, Falda en tela de alpaca peinada

“Sillar” blouse, alpaca skirt with pompons, leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal

Capa en tela de alpaca peinada, falda detalles en sillar.

alpaca cape, sillar details skirt, leather and alpaca boots – Arequipa Atemporal

Top mujer del Colca con halcón, Falda en tela de alpaca con pompones.

“Colca woman con halcón” top, alpaca  skirt with pompons, leather and alpaca boots- Arequipa Atemporal

Vestido en tela de alpaca, pañuelo balcones Arequipeños

Alpaca dress, Arequipeño balconies neckpiece, leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal

Chompa tejida en fibra de alpaca, falda Virgen de Chapi

Alpaca sweater, “Virgen de Chapi” skirt, “Green rose with no thorns” clutch – Arequipa Atemporal

Chompa tejida en fibra de alpaca, falda iconica Arequipa que muestra el Misti, la mujer del Colca con halcón, y detalles arquitectónicos en sillar.

Alpaca sweater, “Iconic Arequipa” skirt showing the Misti volcano, “Colca woman con halcón”, and architectonic details in sillar, leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal

Chompa tejida con detalles de alpaca, falda en tela de alpaca, zapatos de cuero

“Alpaquitas sweater”, alpaca skirt, leather shoes – Arequipa AtemporalTop en tela de alpaca, falda plisada Atardecer en Arequipa que muestra detalles arquitectónicos de la Ciudad Blanca.

alpaca top, “Arequipa Sunset” skirt, leather and alpaca boots – Arequipa Atemporal

Collar flor de Los Andes, vestido en tela de alpaca con aplicaciones en tela brocada, zapatos de cuero.

“Andes flower” necklace, alpaca dress with brocade, leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal

Vestido de novia en tela de Alpaca con detalles de cuero dorado y botones de Sol de Los Andes. Zapatos de cuero.

Wedding dress in alpaca with details in golden leather and “Sol de Los Andes” buttons. Leather shoes – Arequipa Atemporal.

Abrigo en tela de alpaca, Clutch maxi con print de flores del Urubamba.

Alpaca coat, Maxi clutch showing Urubamba flowers – Arequipa Atemporal.

¡Gracias!

¡Gracias!

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