In 2016 we took a trip to South America. Our first adventure in years. We needed to free ourselves from the everyday grind and hustle of life, and running our small entertainment company for kids.
From the moment we landed in Ecuador, we instantly fell in love. On day two of our trip, we began planning our move to the Andes Mountains of this beautiful country. We returned to Portland, Oregon and began working to return to the Andes Mountains.
One year later we made that trip back and we have been living in Ecuador ever since. We spend our days creating ever lasting relationships with the local community of artisans, and immersing ourselves in the culture.
We discovered the alpaca blankets when we took our first trip here. We loved the blankets so much, that we brought them home as gifts for our family and friends.
Every time we returned home for a visit, everyone we knew, who cuddled up in our cozy alpaca blankets, asked for us to bring them a blanket, on our next trip.
With so many requests, we decided what better way to share the gift of these beautiful handcrafted items of the Ecuadorian People, than by making them available to not just our friends, but to everyone.
We hand select each item here in South America, where we still reside to this day. We choose the most incredible designs of local artisans. By doing this, we support the local Andean Community.
When you purchase with us, you become a part of the fabric of this beautiful country, and it's truly wonderful people & culture. Our artisan community can support their families, as well as continue to pass on their craft for generations to come.
What is the meaning behind the name Violet & Alchemy?
Alchemy is the magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. In medieval times Alchemists were chemists that sought to transform metals like lead into gold. Alchemy is Magic. For us, Alchemy stands for the ability to use your own personal magic to transform your life and existence. You have the ability within yourself to take what is the "lead" in your life and to create and transform it into "gold". We feel our Indigenous community does just that with what they create. Though life is often not easy for many, life is still magical.
Violet is a color that throughout time has been associated with Majesty and Royalty. In Chinese Painting Violet represents the Harmony of the Universe. In Hinduism and Buddhism, Violet is associated with the Crown Chakra. The color Violet resonates with us on many levels. To us Violet represents your individualistic, majestic, royal self.
So here you go, Queens & Kings. Goddesses & Gods. Violet & Alchemy was created for you through a process of magic and transformation and all our goods have a touch of magic just for you.
We hope you enjoy shopping here at Violet & Alchemy. If you have any questions feel free to message us here or email us at sales [!at] violetandalchemy.com