About me

Maria Javier R.

Peruvian sustainable fashion designer in a process of transformation. I enjoy traveling, writting, yoga, singing, cooking of course and getting in contact with nature whenever I can.

My background

I was born and educated in Lima, the capital of Peru. I considered myself an Industrial Engineer in a transformation process as a designer and that's why I decided to join the Fab Textile at IAAC in Barcelona, Spain. Every time I had visited this beautiful city I was captivated by its people and wide variety of arts and culture manifests, so here I am being part of such a wonderful group of multicultural group of designers whom with lots of patience and dedication are making this transition such a wonderful experience in this personal journey as a sustainable designer and researcher. Additionally I had some knowledge and experience in Tourism and Hospitality. For approximately 10 years I was part of the Shore Excursions Department in Carnival Cruise Lines allowing me to gain a great experience in different professional areas: travel, hospitality and real estate. Since Safety comes first, I wass able to be part of of the On-Board Safety Management System for 10 years. This international work experience allowed me to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment onboard and ashore.

After an unfortunate work accident that took her about 2 years of rehabilitation and physical therapies living between USA and Peru, I returned to my hometown and found a job as a university professor of Health, Safety and Environment at the PUCP.

Inspired by the commitment of my young students to sustainable development and after evaluating my options, I decided to start my own sustainable entrepreneurship and registered Mashua Project's brand in 2016, with the conviction that in order to have a positive impact on our planet, it was necessary to offer sustainable fashion products and experiences. Having a good sense of aesthetics, design, proportions, logistics and product management, she decided to start creating sustainable fashion accessories and organize sustainable experiences related to the fashion sector by connecting people with their cultural identity and with nature, and creating stories that could be transmitted from generation to generation.

Currently, part of Mashua Project's programs involves colaborating with different native communities in Peru, as I consider that It's very important to have a better understanding of their beliefs, values ​​and cultural and artistic expressions. Her journey towards the knowledge of native cultures began with the Shipibo Conibo and Yanesha communities, but considering the amazing cultural diversity of Peru, she knows that the Mashua Project has a wide variety of fields of action in the medium and long term.

In a near future I would like to create a foundation that empowers women from the different ethnic communities located in the Peruvian Amazon, improve their life conditions and respect their culture and beliefs.

Mashua Project

Mashua Project is aimed to promote the production and commercialization of sustainable fashion and home-deco items by offering the possibility of interacting on the one hand with Peruvian native cultures and on the other hand with nature.

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