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Go Wild with Tejido’s Hand-Loomed Textiles

Do-gooder fashion done right

Your sartorial adventures (dangling lobsters around your neck, wearing Turkish tunics to the grocery store) deserve a spread in National Geographic.

Embrace your jet-set style with a distinctive Peruvian piece from Tejido.

Seeking a new outlet for her love of textiles, former Dolce Vita production manager Shanti Rackley quit her job and headed to Peru. There she witnessed the skill of an Arequipa-based women’s collective and decided to find a way to collaborate with them as well as other small producer groups.

After returning to Oakland, she used one-of-a-kind artisan woven fabrics to create a small line of bags. The collection sold out fast. Today Tejido has expanded to home goods and accessories featuring hand-knit textiles from Cusco and Huancayo, Peru.

Dress up sterile spaces with a large, rainbow-striped rug (heritage design, plant-based dyes, loomed by hand in the highlands) or add a pop of color with a suede-bottom leather tote. Ponchos, crafted from natural-fiber yarns (wool, llama, and baby alpaca) and hand-knit blankets and pillows are on the horizon.

You’ll be wild about them.

Available at shoptejido.com. Totes, $185; rugs, $295-$495.

Photo: Courtesy of Tejido