The people and communities below are what bring The Gloria to life. Their extensive knowledge and passion will be forever inspiring. These are our key collaborators.
Architect and interior design specialist, Helmer Junco, with whom Francesca has shared a close personal and professional relationship for many years, worked hand-in-hand with her in the exploration, interpretation, curation, and celebration of various Colombian artisanal techniques.
Barniz De Pasto
Barniz de Pasto technique stems from a raw material by the name of Mopa Mopa. It is a small, earthy plant that is recollected and treated by artisans in the Pasto, Nariño region. It is mainly used for decorative purposes and applied on a base material such as wood or ceramics.
Tamo De Trigo
The Tamo de Trigo was brought about by the Spanish colonization of Latin America. Upon their arrival, they were quick to promote the cultivation of wheat and share their woodworking tools with mestizos and indigenous peoples. The tradition of using these golden fibers to decorate functional pieces is kept alive by artisans in the Pasto, Nariño region.