VERDI is a Colombian textile studio that celebrates tradition to create unique homeware, fashion and art pieces by intertwining natural fibers with contemporary materials. Our story began in the Colombian mountains in 1995 with Carlos Vera Dieppa, a pioneer in Latin American textile design who, after meeting up with a skilled but rather skeptical coffee-sack weaver, developed a unique technique of intertwining local, natural threads and broadened a pair of looms to weave unusual fiber-rugs. He would later have the idea of adding metal to these rugs.
A FAMILY HERITAGE
After “Charlie’s” passing in 2010, his son Tomás and his daughter Cristina decide to honor his life and legacy by bringing back his craft. Through a renovated brand concept, the siblings craft an idea that even today, speaks of Colombia and its heartwarming traditions. They call this idea “VERDI” as an ode to their late father’s last names: Vera Dieppa.
HAND – MADE / IN-HOUSE
Having always maintained an inherently responsible production through our hand-made process and conscious approach to design, sustainability has always been at the heart of our studio. Over the past few years, VERDI has also actively delved into projects and practices that enable additional social and environmental responsibility.
We use natural fibers such as plantain fiber, organic-worm silk and other finely sourced materials for our bags.
OUR WORK WITH ARTISANS IN OUR WORKSHOP
We directly employ over 30 highly qualified individuals- whose expertise is the result of generations of practice- under upmost working conditions and a positive work environment.
OUR WORK WITH FAMILIES IN CURITÍ SANTANDER
We support over 19 families of farmers in Curití, Santander where we source our main fibers.
ECO FRIENDLY DYE PROJECT
As part of our commitment to the environment, we developed a series of eco-friendly dyes that guarantee no environmental footprint, the dyer’s welfare and longer color durability.
During harvest of fique fiber, only the external leaves of the plant are extracted hence allowing for continued crop growth and no deforestation.
VERDI frequently uses fiber and textile waste to either craft new pieces and samples or to decorate shelves at VERDI homes and headquarters.
Our copper residues have been donated for the assembly of important sculptures by local artists.
PATTERNS AND RE-USE
We implement reusable acrylic patterns to avoid paper waste and re-invented residue of our bags into thimbles for weaving.