When I first met Andrés in Paris I was wearing a rather special hat I bought in a “vide grenier” that summer. He seemed quite interested in it, so I told him its story. It reminded him to another special kind of hats, this time from the South American Andes. He was travelling there in the upcoming moths, so we agreed it would be a nice idea to do a collaboration together using those hats next time we saw each other.
Andrés told me a lot about the hats. Each one of them belongs to a different Kichwa community, and represents its own singularities. Kichwa communities feel proud of wearing costumes that express their unique indentity.
Just by the hat someone is wearing, one can tell what community that person belongs to and what his/her traditions are.
Working with Andrés Altamirano has been a very nice experience. I was amazed by the way he works: his particular outlook and how he directs the photoshoot. All of it as unique as his own garb.
* Coloured hat is from Peguche, Northern Ecuador, and belongs to Matico Lema, founder of the Huarmi Maqui – Casa Matico beautiful project, where they offer from traditional Equadorian dishes to workshops about ancient Andean textile processes. The hat has been in the Matico family for more than 100 years and it is made of pure virgin wool and naturally dyed with plants and cochineal.
* Little boy’s hat belongs to indigenous community of Salasaca, Central Ecuador, made of pure natural wool.
* Hat with inner marks belongs to indigenous Kichwa community of Saraguro, Southern Ecuador, a pure wool and plant dyed hat.
Pictures by Andrés Altamirano
Model: Aimée Jagou