WARMI offers a range of contemporary knitwear, whilst preserving the skills and popular culture of Colombia.
Designed in Paris by Sylvia Toth, the collections are entirely hand made by artisan craftswomen in the villages of Tausa and Sutatausa in Colombia.
Patterns are created using a great variety of techniques: from crochet & macramé to hand and manual machine knitwear. Each piece has a label showing the number of hours worked, the technique used and the name of the artisan who made it, thus also demonstrating a concern for giving back clothing the essence of an object of worth.
Each season, Sylvia delves into a popular trend or form of artistic expression, in order to give life to her collections. Twentieth century painting, medieval bestiaries, or carnival masks make their appearance on dresses, jumpers, shorts and other knitted clothes. These collections create a graphic setting, both uncluttered and a bit artsy, that also filters down to a capsule collection of leather items, handmade in Colombia aswell.
WARMI means 'woman' in Quechua, one of the last remaining indigenous languages in the Andes region. This is not only an homage to creative, skilled, woman, but also to the tradition of craftsmanship, to ancient and actual ‘savoirs-faire’.