TINKU Cholitas

Let’s talk about TINKU.

TINKU brings 100% handwoven/handknitted Bolivian alpaca products from Oruro, the heart of the Bolivian Andes,  all the way to Munich (Germany). Eliana Garrón, TINKU’s founder, states that her purpose is to disseminate cultural heritage of Bolivian textiles, by connecting its weavers with the world and promoting a more sustainable consumption and lifestyle. 

”Building a bridge between Bolivia and Europe, particularly Munich, with the objective of bringing both cultures closer and showing off the beauty of handwoven Alpaca products and the traditions behind it, is a passion of mine”, says Eliana.

This summer, TINKU brings CHOLITAS as a new collection. This piece is inspired by the indigenous Aymara and Quechua women, commonly known as CHOLAS. These women dress according to fashion that was brought from Spain to Bolivia during the 16th century. Nowadays, to be a CHOLA is not only defined by the garments they typically use, it has evolved to be a way of life.

Inspired by the mantas worn around the shoulders of the CHOLAS, the CHOLITA collection is defined by its macramé fringes. Macramé is a special technique where knots form beautiful patterns, such as stars or flowers. This weaving technique represents Andean traditions and is a true signature of one of many of Bolivia’s cultural treasures. 

Woven at 3,600 mts above sea level, this handwoven shawl is handmade by Bolivian artisans that have been part of the natural textile industry since pre-colonial times. Each piece is unique and a true piece of art, even more; it reflects the creativity, craftsmanship and stories of its makers.

In the Andean Region of Bolivia, women wear CHOLA garments with elegance, as an accessory to add a dash of color to their attire. It has even become attractive to the millennial generation and is seen more frequently on the city streets of Bolivia.

Dive in and get to know this wonderful collection that echoes Bolivian traditions.

“TINKU – Celebrating Bolivian Heritage”

Follow the link below to learn more about Cholitas.


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