Raymisa is a Fair trade certified family establishment that is located in Lima, Peru. The company was founded by Theodolinde Kellhammer and Orlando Vasquez Buenaño in 1983.
All began with an urgent need of social responsibility in the 80s where a lot of people from the Andes escaped the cruel terrorism and settled down in Lima. Even before Raymisa was established Linda and Orlando implemented several social and artistic projects to promote Peruvian Folk Art. Until now Raymisa is supporting handmade products by Peruvian artisans.
For already more than 30 years we market a wide range of products –high quality knitwear made out of alpaca yarn but as well home décor and folk art. We employ 25 people and work closely with workshops in all over Peru supporting these with initial aid and the development of their products.
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Orlando Vásquez Buenaño was born in the Peruvian capital of Lima in 1953. As a child, he was confronted with an overpopulated and chaotic city where urban culture and Andean traditions came together.
His paternal family belongs to Conchucos people who live in the mountains of Ancash, while his maternal family comes from La Libertad, a region in northwestern Peru. In both parts of the country he discovered folk art. He saw his aunts and uncles painting, embroidering and carving precious products. Their craftsmanship continues to inspire him as an adult.
He studied engineering in Argentina and Germany and lived abroad for fifteen years before returning to Peru in 1987. Since then, he has dedicated himself to the rediscovery and promotion of Peruvian folk art. Thanks to his tireless efforts he has proven the importance of handmade Peruvian products.
His unwavering commitment has been recognized by many artists in Peru and abroad, who are still inspired by Peruvian culture and continue to create authentic products.
Orlando Vásquez Buenaño is the Founder and CEO of Raymisa SA. Since starting his business in 1993, he focuses continually on working with local communities and groups of artisans in order to promote and develop craftsmanship. Raymisa SA is characterized by the development of handmade, authentic Peruvian products of high quality.