Domingo Manani is a brightly colored figure. Born in Puno, he spent his childhood in a humble knitter/weaver family. It is very likely that his first blankie was made of alpaca wool !
By looking, touching or weighing, Domingo immediately recognizes the nature, the quality and the origin of the wool. Domingo’s workshop reflects him. It is an incredible Aladdin’s cave, a hive where three generations share their everyday life without any track of time.
Since 2007 Ayud’Art has worked directly with Mamani family. Every textile from Domingo workshop (scarf, stall, pullover…) is a creation drawn by him and realized with the best wool from the beginning to the end by one of the 15 weavers of the place.
Since 2010, to finish his clothes, Domingo has chosen to give house work to young mothers who raise their kids and who cannot have a restricting paid activity outside their home. Since 2011, Mamani family has also been registered in a social rehabilitation program for Cusco prisoners. They provide them with a job and a small wage and teach them how to sew, assemble, and iron.