Mama Ocllo was the legendary founder of the Inca Empire. She was a an Incan empress, caring mother and a master in the art of weaving. Mama Ocllo is still worshiped as the Goddess of fertility and spinning.
Many, many years ago, so the legend says, the sun God Inti sent his daughter Mama Ocllo on the Earth, so that she laid the foundation stone for a large empire, the Inca Empire.
In company of her brother and later husband Manco Capac, the daughter of Inti gets out the Titicaca lake, in order to begin the search for fertile land with a golden staff. Where the staff would let itself be sunk, there she should create a magnificent city with Cusco.
On 3000 m above sea level, in the middle in the heights of the Andes, the brother and sister discover the suited land. Cusco, the future centre of the Inca Empire, develops, which for the Incas will become the hub of the world.
Mama Ocllo and Manco Capac fulfil their godly mission of laying the foundation stone, and concentrate, from then on, on their worldly tasks. While Manco Capac introduces the hunting art to the men of his people, Mama Ocllo starts teaching the women the art of weaving.
In addition, legends and myths from past days impress our imagination, tell pretty stories, but also often tell true things from the time of our ancestors. Did Mama Ocllo actually exist? In old Spanish chronicles she is encountered with her name, but to what extent the chroniclers had access to the truth, there will probably remain a big question mark.
It is clear that we receive valuable information about the life of ancient cultures in myths. Mama Ocllo is said to have made it her duty to teach the women of her people the art of weaving. Weaving thus seems to have played since very early an important role in what today is Peru.
Archaeological discoveries prove these assumptions. Researchers discover again and again in excavation fields in the Amazon area, in the Andes and on the coast, woven textiles, which stand as witness for an elaborate handicraft art.
Meanwhile one knows that many pre-Hispanic cultures – thus cultures before the Spanish conquest in the 16th century existed – very deeply defined through their clothing. Weft samples, colours, cuts, all these details reveal us more about the society of that time, and particularly about the meaning of textiles for its inhabitants.
The finer the materials, the more sophisticated the design, the higher the position of its former owner in the society. We learn about the society, but also about the wealth of Peru’s precious natural fibres, about black and blue cotton as well as about the finest baby Alpaca wool.
Peru succeeded in preserving the handicraft of its ancestors through many centuries and in bringing it into the modern age. Today it is the combination of ancestral cultivation methods, careful hand harvesting and best machinery, which has allowed the development exceptionally high-quality textiles.
At one time the finest garments were reserved to the nobility of the respective culture. The finer the natural fibres, the higher the social position. As foundress and queen of a great people, Mama Ocllo has also ordered for herself and her descendants the weaving of clothing made exclusively from most precious fibres of her kingdom.
With Mama Ocllo Baby Fashion, we want to bring the legend of the Inca queen to the entire world, and with this occasion, the most precious thing that the small inhabitants of the Andes state have to offer: the silky soft fibres of Peruvian Pima cotton, and these in the best Organic quality (GOTS).