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Antolina

Mariela Schwarz Montiel was born in Paraguay with the love for design at a early age. She studied art and design in Der Hochshulle Der Künstein Berlin with Vivienne Westwood where she learned her first fashion skills. Following her graduation, she worked her way up from design consultant to Yohji Yamamoto, senior designer at Bally and design manager for Gucci. When her father fell ill she moved back to Paraguay and dug deep into her roots. She met the indigenous Maka community. She fell in love with the fabrics, the colors and their genuine and generous character. Seeing how much they struggle to earn and provide for their families, she created Antolina: a project to support these Indigenous communities and in turn to help preserve an important part of her personal history.