I was taken with these owls when I was at Kids In Style and stopped to find out more. When I chatted further was impressed with the collaboration between 2 groups of women in different countries.
TIKA (PERU PTY LTD) is a homeware and fashion accessories based collaboration between two groups of women, one native to Lima, Peru, the other, from Sydney, Australia.
At the Peruvian end of this unique partnership are 280 women from two of the capital’s most populated districts, Tres de Mayo and Cerro Candella. The original group came together in 1998 to use their unique sewing skills to help improve the living standards of their families.
In Australia TIKA is headed by fashion designer and creator of the successful Skipping Girl label, Hayley Allen. The company has only recently been launched. Its aim is to combine the Peruvian women’s traditional knitting and crochet techniques with Allen’s own contemporary design skills to create a new and original range of lifestyle products.
Says Allen, “I loved what the women were doing and thought that if we could combine our two very different set of skills we could produce something new and exciting. Plus, it will provide additional support and market opportunities for the group which is why we kicked this thing off in the first place”.
As well as overseeing the creation of TIKA in Australia, Allen has the responsibility of guiding the company’s creative direction.
“TIKA will offer a wide range of fun, custom-made products. Our target market won’t be defined by age but by a sense of style and humour.”
The collection includes beanies, scarves, leggings, soft toys, blankets, tea-cosies, hot-water bottle covers and more!
Tika was launched at the Life In Style in Melbourne and I just know you will be hearing a lot more about this wonderful collaboration and excellent quality products.
Check out their website