Juana grew up in Huancayo’s Mantaro valley, surrounded by the Andes Mountains and immersed in the alpaca culture of Peru. She learned to knit and crotchet alpaca sweaters at a young age, first for her dolls and then for herself. 
Her passion for knitting alpaca let her develop her education. Juana was able to pay for her college tuition selling alpaca sweaters to friends and eventually to local businesses in the area. 
After graduating with a degree in economics and starting a family, she passed along her skills and commitment to education to her daughters. Julia became an accountant and Edith became a fashion designer. 

This is how Juana developed the vision to create Mantari in 2003. We are a company dedicated to the design and production of handmade knitted apparel made of one of the finest and most luxurious fibers in the world – alpaca fiber. The manufacturing of all of our products combine the craft of local artisans who continue the pre-Incan tradition of knitting alpaca and the high quality standards the company implements in each stage of production.

Mantari is proud to be fair trade certified. Julia and Edith are personally committed to thefair trade principles that empower more than 100 mothers working with Mantari.In addition all of the mothers are part of a government literacy programproviding them with the education they need to read and write. 

This is how the mothers provide for their families while working from home and how Mantari honors the values Juana passed down to her daughters.

Today, our work and experience has placed Mantari’s products in Europe and the United States. We hope to reach more people around the world and continue our mission to empower women through fashion.