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Francisco Rojas Aroni
Introduction
  Francisco Rojas Aroni lives in the Andean town of Hualhuas. He is married to another artisan in our group, Aurelia Meza.
Meet Francisco
 

Francisco Rojas is an expert natural dyer. He uses flowers, bushes, trees and insects for the vivid colors on his yarns: hojas de nogal (leaves from the nogal tree) for brown, chilca plant for green, flor blanca (an Andeanl flower) for yellow, the bark of the palo inka tree for blue and cochanilla (an insect found on cacti) for red.

Along with Antonio Caceres, Francisco Rojas is one of the most important natural dyers in the Peruvian highlands. He first learned the art of natural dying from his grandmother. “She taught me the basics. But I didn't have a sense of the colors or beauty until later.” That sense of color came from a Swiss scientist named Hugo Zumbuhl, with whom Francisco worked closely for many years. In 1976, Francisco helped publish a book on natural dyes with Zumbol, and then traveled to Frankfurt, Germany to give lectures and sell his products.

He now lives a quiet life in his native Hualhuas, married to Aurelia Meza, and is the father of three children.

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Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Blue)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Blue)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$105.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Brown)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Brown)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Green)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Green)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00


Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Orange)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Orange)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Red)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Red)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00

Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Yellow)
Naturally-Dyed, Handspun Alpaca Yarn (Yellow)
by Francisco Rojas Aroni
$108.00




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