SANTA FE, N.M. — For Kativa Pamar, “cultural acknowledgement” is vital for art. To keep her work true to her roots, the Madrid-based designer uses wool only from Spain’s Merino sheep to create her clothes.
She said using the Spanish wool elevates the importance of where materials originate and how they were traditionally used. Because of industrialization, she said, the Spanish sheep have been taken to other countries like Australia to produce wool in a cheaper, less humane, way, something she wants to speak out against.
Pamar takes traditional woolmaking practices, comes up with designs and then works with contemporary craftspeople who make finished products. The results are modern, but “culturally relevant” items, like a chic scarf or jacket, inspired by traditional shepherd garments.
“It’s about authenticity, going back to where things come from and why they came from there,” Pamar said of her thought process.