Pampa believes in a world of ethically made and fairly traded products, which is why we deal directly with our artisans. Paying a fair price for our rugs helps guarantee that our weavers receive the working wages they deserve. The profits they earn from every rug are used by the artisans and their families to cover day-to-day living costs such as buying food and clothing, paying school expenses, accessing medical care, and sourcing new tools and materials for weaving.
Earning a fair wage has enabled our weavers to form their own co-operatives, giving individuals the added benefit of sharing materials, ideas and work loads. This flexibility means that our weavers can work from their homes and villages, eliminating the need to travel long distances to sell their rugs or find alternate employment in big cities.
By respecting each individual artisan’s creativity and technique, Pampa helps to give these communities a stronger sense of cultural independence and pride. Showing our artisans the real value of their work demonstrates to the younger generations that weaving is an honourable and profitable vocation, helping to preserve this traditional form of art for years to come.
Pampa is my birthplace and my legacy. I was born and raised in Pampa soil, dry and capricious. This place on earth is where my heart dictates joy and happiness. Where my soul restspeacefully.
The land taught me the valueof family, the importance of the past, the discipline of work. Digging roots helps guide the way and hold the fight.
The air taught me to flow lightly, it gave me wings and took me to fascinating places by the hand of my imagination.
The sun gave me warmth. It protected me in my solitude and gave sweetness in the most bitter moments.
Water is scarce in the Pampa.And at times, I felt static.
So I started to walk the geographies and explore the peripheral nooks.
Finally, the water arrived and the strong but dry Southern Pampa was complemented. The light dew nurturedand taught the earth the meaning of completeness.
And since then, dew and Pampa walk hand in hand, nourishing and being nourished. Land and water complementing their cycle.
Today, this cycle continues, soaking every step I take. Until eternity.
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I guess that first bicycle given to me by my parents had a lot of similarities to the first plane I boarded. Every week on that bicycle I would explore new grounds, observe different people, animals or whatever it was that had my curiosity.
The best journeys were usually the ones with no set plan, no set time: just myself, my bike and a need to know what was around the next corner.
These days my desire to embark on a new journey is stronger than ever, and the motives are still basically the same.
The most important lesson travel has taught me is that everyone on this earth is equal, what one lacks he or she always makes up for in some other way. Everyone has something to give any other person on this planet, whether it be in the form of knowledge or something of a more material form.
Everyone comes from the earth or Pampa, if you will. Pampa is a word without limits, a word that represents every plant, animal and cell of life on this planet, including ourselves.
Pampa is the word used in Latin America to describe the open plains, lands that lay uninterrupted to the horizon. It is hard not to feel a sense of freedom when being surrounded by such a vastness. A feeling that there is always going to be something amazing over the horizon - or maybe right under your feet.
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