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Wherever there is beauty to contemplate and a story to tell, that is where we are heading. Between local snacks, some community gossip and a much needed cup of coffee, we hang out for long afternoons by the artisans’ side and their families. To witness their magical hands work and watch them manage materials with expertise and delicacy is what drive us to places that are sometimes almost impossible to get to.


The importance of these hand and heartmade cultures is invaluable. From a leaf that grew on the yard or clay that lies beneath our feet, objects are brought to life respecting the rhythms of nature and honoring techniques that have been passed down through generations. By working with their hearts and full attention, artisans are able to bring us closer to our own essence and remind us of the elegant simplicity of life itself.


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BRAZILIAN AMAZON

a riverside community in the heart of the brazilian amazon

Weavers of the Arapiuns River are incredibly talented, strong women who practice traditions that have been passed down through generations. Forced to work at mono-culture plantations for many years they had hard living conditions and low wages and their craftsmanship was left aside as it was not a reliable source of income. Slowly, with the help of our cooperatives partner, they were able to turn traditional weaving into a way of supporting their families and raising their standard of living. Since then, they have regained a strong sense of heritage and devotion to their culture. Called "ribeirinhos" they work under the shade of big trees in their backyards close to their neighbors so they can chat about community and care for their daily duties. Casa Luya carefully selected home goods and accessories handwoven with the straw of the Tucumã Palm Tree, a native and abundant tree of the region, that is harvested sustainably, dried and dyed with natural ingredients using ancestral knowledge.

INDONESIA

a big family by the rice fields of east-side Bali

Artisans featured in the Indonesian Collection belong to the east side of the Island of Bali. Many hours apart from the well known tourist areas, they live a secluded, traditional way of life in this remote part of the island. These talented artisans weave the original Ata Bag made with ata grass that grows abundantly in the area and is extremely durable and resistant. Casa Luya has chosen one family to work with, with the intention of providing a constant flow of orders that will be able to provide stable income and improve their standard of living. Balinese are the most loving people we have ever had the pleasure to work with, amid intense poverty they always show kindness and generosity that can be seen in the beauty of everything they create. Their sense of spirituality is immersed in everything they do, craftsmanship and other daily activities become true rituals.

PORTUGAL

tracing a map

The narrow streets of Portugal hide many artisanal techniques that have been kept preserved for centuries, contributing to the strong cultural aspect of the country. From north to south each region tells its own story through traditional craftsmanship passed down through generations. Intricate embroideries, pottery, basketry, ceramic tiles, filigree jewelry... the list goes on as this people are immensely talented and proud of their heritage. Casa Luya has been tracing a map of the artisans and we can't wait to collaborate with them handpicking authentic handmade products just for you!

TIMELESS BY LUYA, in-house line

a capsule collection of 'one size fits all' pieces

We created classic and sophisticated patterns designed to fit different body types with a timeless style, not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. A minimal waste collection was conceived by using a design technique at the cutting stage that reduces textile waste and uses leftover fabrics to create other accessories. Quality pieces made to last, that will be repeated every season in collaboration with local artists and makers. The first one was created and handmade by women in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil ~ handpainted by artists Liria Carneiro and Tereza Mc Courtney. No piece is like the other, celebrating the individuality of the consumer and creative practices of the makers.