The Story

Weaving has been a tradition in Susan’ family for generations, the love of textiles is in her DNA. She always enjoyed wearing dresses and sweaters knitted by their grandmothers. Her two grandmothers relied on their weaving skills as a way to financially support their family.

Susan, our founder, always admires all strong females in their families. Her grandmothers Concepcion, Rosa and her mother Ana Maria encouraged her to make this dream comes true. 

 

 

Concepcion Altamirano is Susan’s maternal grandmother. She came from a big family. Since she was a child, she found knitting fun and always made her own clothes. At the age of 17, she got married with her first love Fidel and had nine children.

The lovely young couple struggled with a critical economic situation because. Her husband was a mail man in a college and she started cleaning houses. She started weaving sweaters for an American company to help support financially her family.

This company was unfair with her payment rate and didn’t support her when she has personal situation and need to be with their kids, so one day she quit the job and started being an entrepreneur and work by her own, sell her garments in street markets.

Susan is the first granddaughter of Fidel and Concepcion, so Concepcion knitted her beautiful baby clothes and when Susan was growing knitted her sweaters and dresses. Susan really love all her garments and fell in love of the textile industry.

Concepcion and Fidel are happy couple and still living in Lima, Peru. They are really proud of this venture and are happy to share their experiences with more couple struggling in this time. 

In honor of one of her grandmother’s last name Altamirano, it came up the name Altamira, which in English means "Looking high". Through Altamira we want to empower female artisans and tell our story for love knitting.

Susan’s paternal grandmother Rosa Perez. Rosa was born in Huanza, Huarochiri in 1926. At 24 years old, she became a single mom raising one daughter, but after years she got married with Susan’s grandfather. The happy couple had three more children and migrated from the rural town Huanza to the urban city Lima looking for new opportunities. Her grandfather started working in Singer, an American sewing machine. 

In 1975, Hildebrando, Susan’s grandfather. passed away after a car accident, leaving Rosa and her children alone. Rosa didn’t have an easy life, she started fixing sewing machine but she wasn’t as good as her husband. However, she was determined to raise her children and give them education, she didn't give up.

 

Rosa always loves flowers, so she settled up a flower business, which was great but didn't give enough income. She was passionate about weaving because her grandmothers used to knit their clothes, so started knitting scarves and sold them in the street markets. The four kids became professionals and she started weaving for her grandchildren, especially Susan, who loved wearing her beautiful scarves and hats. 

Rosa passed away after losing the battle with cancer in 2007, but her designs always is in Susan's hearts and now in Altamira's women garment collection.

Susan, our founder, always admires all strong females in their families. Her mom Ana Maria encouraged her to make this dream comes true. 

Ana Maria Altamirano is Susan's mother. She is the oldest daughter of 9 children. Also, she is the mother of four daughters: Susan the oldest and her triplet’s girls: Sofia, Solange and Shantal.


A beautiful mom who loved make up and dressing up nicely to go to work. Susan admires her style and dedication. Luckily, Ana was always used to buying her one dress monthly after got paid. She worked as a Professor Assistant and she started her female company selling babies clothes in her free time. 


She got divorced at 30 years old with an only child Susan, after many years she got married again and she had 3 little girls. She taught the perseverance and to follow her dreams. 

 





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