ABOUT

Based in Lima and Columbia County, NY we are a textiles atelier in pursuit of simple, meaningful design. Our name derives from the Quechua word for "covering" in its most basic sense and makes reference to our roots in the ancient cultures of Peru. Sustainability, taken to mean a balanced set of environmental, social and economic priorities is among our primary concerns. We believe the value of small scale, organic methods and materials is self-evident when the enormous hidden costs of industrial materials, processes and interactions are understood.

 Our current collection is made entirely in Peru. We make all our goods to order and do not carry large inventories. Minimum orders apply to some of our products, we do not provide goods on consignment.  We genuinely welcome all inquiries and look forward to hearing from you.

GIOVANNA BALAREZO, FOUNDING DIRECTOR A practicing architect, teacher and textile designer, Giovanna founded TALLERQATA in 2009 as vehicle for pursuing her love of her cultural heritage, of genuine craft, and of the archaic.  Born in Cusco and raised in Lima, she has dual degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Miami, Florida. Giovanna has worked in both New York and Miami, including nine years as a Senior Designer at Michael Graves Architect where she worked on a broad range of public and private building types around the world. Giovanna studied weaving and sewing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and makes frequent pilgrimages to the four corners of Peru and Mexico where she has studied traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. In addition to TALLERQATA, Giovanna is a Director at TUBASTUDIO and teaches a Design Studio at The Universidad Privada del Norte in Lima.

GIOVANNA BALAREZO, FOUNDING DIRECTOR

A practicing architect, teacher and textile designer, Giovanna founded TALLERQATA in 2009 as vehicle for pursuing her love of her cultural heritage, of genuine craft, and of the archaic.  Born in Cusco and raised in Lima, she has dual degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Miami, Florida. Giovanna has worked in both New York and Miami, including nine years as a Senior Designer at Michael Graves Architect where she worked on a broad range of public and private building types around the world. Giovanna studied weaving and sewing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and makes frequent pilgrimages to the four corners of Peru and Mexico where she has studied traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. In addition to TALLERQATA, Giovanna is a Director at TUBASTUDIO and teaches a Design Studio at The Universidad Privada del Norte in Lima.

edward tuck, DIRECTOR A practicing architect and trained chef, Edward has played an advisory role at TALLERQATA since its founding in 2009. Currently also Director at TUBASTUDIO he has been a partner at Selldorf Architects and a principal at Michael Graves Architect. His work has ranged from buildings and masterplans to furniture and objects.  He has professional degrees from Princeton University, but remains convinced that his greatest lessons have been absorbed while walking, observing the cycle of seasons, and raising his son.

edward tuck, DIRECTOR

A practicing architect and trained chef, Edward has played an advisory role at TALLERQATA since its founding in 2009. Currently also Director at TUBASTUDIO he has been a partner at Selldorf Architects and a principal at Michael Graves Architect. His work has ranged from buildings and masterplans to furniture and objects.  He has professional degrees from Princeton University, but remains convinced that his greatest lessons have been absorbed while walking, observing the cycle of seasons, and raising his son.