Within our expertly curated Andean luxury gift guide discover some of South America’s most revered artisans, alongside new and emerging innovators. Our ever-expanding collection of Andean luxury spans award-winning photography to handwoven pillowcases, from revered textile art to Peru’s finest jewelry craftsmanship.
We have handpicked pieces from across Aracari Shop so that whether you’re buying for a magpie-eyed loved one – a doter on all things shiny – a tiny new Christmas arrival, or an art-appreciating parent, let us be the only gift shop you need for the festive season of 2023.
So, stop your soul-searching, and welcome to the presence of the Andes.
Andean Luxury Gifts for Her
From handcrafted necklaces threaded with stones from the Saldana River in the Tolima region of Colombia to beautiful capes handmade with the ancestral technique of the waist loom, by weavers from the High Andean communities of Cusco, discover our collection of luxury Andean gifts for her.
Designed by Claudia Vallejo, these beautiful necklaces are made using Sterling Silver and cut River Rocks from the Saldana River in the Tolima region of Colombia. The pieces are handcrafted in collaboration with a community of craftsmen living in Ataco, Tolima, who are survivors of decades of violence in their region.
These exquisite, one-of-a-kind Pallay capes are made 100% by hand with the ancestral technique of the waist loom, by weavers from the High Andean communities of Cusco. The material is fine sheep and alpaca yarn dyed with natural dyes.
The Fetishized Andean Clouds were born from the artist’s passion for fiber and textiles and from the search for an aesthetic coexistence with them beyond the utilitarian. “I want to take essential elements of my work as an artist to serial pieces, of small format in a constant search to rescue Peruvian folk-art expressions which are then expressed with a contemporary language” – Kristie Arias.
The Thousand and One Pearls collection is based on the multiplicity of small pearls traditionally called “chaquiras” in Peru. Composed of tiny 18-karat gold pearls made by hand, this bracelet slides over the skin and stays perfectly on your arm.
Handmade in the Atelier in La Paz, Bolivia – “The Bella Coat” is a reinvented classic of the house, designed for versatility & comfort with oversized pockets and a wrap belt. The sublime feel of royal alpaca textile embraces your body in a comfortable wrap design, with the characteristic & emblematic oval collar for a touch of elevated glamour.
Exquisite Andean Gifts for Him
From a 24K gold anaconda broach modeled from the fibers of a palm tree to the breathtaking world of Peruvian photographer Billy Hare, discover our curation of luxury Andean gifts for him.
950 silver cufflinks with pre-Columbian mother-of-pearl shell and turquoise designed by Ester Ventura whose creations are mostly one of a kind. Ester has worked with spondylus, a shell used by many Andean communities for rituals, body ornaments, and burials. The seed of huayruro, coveted in the Andes as a good luck charm, is another recurring material in her unique pieces.
In collaboration with Peruvian anthropologist Francesco D’Angelo, Gabriel Barreto Barreto’s book offers an intimate portrait of the Andean society of Cusco, Peru. This socio-anthropological, photographic study offers a unique perspective on the Andino people, exploring narratives of spatial modernity and social hierarchies, challenging the commonly portrayed cliché romantic versions of indigenous people pictured against breathtaking landscapes devoid of social context.
Hatmaking as an artisanal line arose in Peru with the arrival of the Spaniards. It is enriched with the manual dexterity of the aboriginal inhabitants and the diversity of fibers that the conquerors found in the new territories. Inspired by the cultural preservation of Toquilla Straw Weaving, designer and artist Virginia Lynch began a long journey in search of the roots of this precious heritage from the North of Peru.
Billy Hare is one of the key figures in the history of photography in Perú. He addresses the diversity and richness of the landscape present in the country, and this piece taken at Machu Picchu, is inkjet printed on paper cotton photo rag ultrasmooth Hahnemühle.
In her design line, Danielle Lafaurie explores Colombian and Latin-American roots, creating GLOCAL (Global + Local) pieces and stories. This piece was woven in coconut palm and then dipped in 24kt gold. Every figure undergoes the natural process one by one, and each piece is unique.
Andean Luxury Gifts for the Home
From pillowcases and blankets woven in by communities in the High Andes to beautifully embroidered furniture, discover our collection of Andean gifts for the home.
Pallay is a textile brand dedicated to the preservation of weaving traditions in the high Andes. Bed runners such as this one are made 100% by hand with the ancestral technique of the waist loom, by weavers from high Andean communities of Cusco.
Agustina is more than an ethnic fashion brand; the brand generates employment co-creating with vulnerable areas of different provinces of Peru. The design of our chair is full of culture and the silent power of the Andean embroidery. It´s made in collaboration with embroidery artisans from vulnerable areas of the Peruvian Andes and a group of wood craftsmen with more than 30 years of experience.
Peruvian Colonial carpets were revived in 1990 by John A Davis Benavides with Nerio Atauje Gomez from Ayacucho. Generally, these beautiful pieces are made by order as production is limited, using the technique of exocentric weft founded in Pre-Columbian Peru.
Andean Gifts for Little Ones
The following pieces are from Bombicis – a family business led by Genoveva Freire and focused on the finest children’s clothing using Perú’s organic pima cotton and alpaca.
The Gift of Andean Travel
Aracari Shop is of course the result of our extensive connections throughout the Andean region, brought about by close to three decades of coordinating bespoke luxury travel to Peru and South America. So, if you’d rather see the techniques and practices of the Andean culture up close, breathe in the fresh and healing air of the mountains, and witness the spectacular landscapes for yourself, then gift you and your loved ones the power of Aracari Travel in 2024.
As ever, our curation is only a snippet. You can explore the full collection of our Aracari Shop now and discover for yourself the home of true gifts with meaning.