Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Costanza Reiser

The Peruvian textile industry is world-renowned for its fine quality and natural elegance. Combining the curiosity for the culture of my ancestors and my interest in fashion, I discovered ancient and modern meanings found in the makings of a material that defines the nation: the alpaca fiber. Huacaya is a glimpse into the origins, process and ecological impact of alpaca products. It is an appreciation of the alpaca as an animal, and of the specialized labor that goes into producing these quality garments. The earthy tones and colorful photographs depict the life and customs of the indigenous people in the Andean Highlands.

With this thesis I aim to recognize the significance of the alpaca textile and the steps involved in the entire process, from the animal to the final product. Exploring the origins behind alpaca products allows for a greater understanding and respect for the craftsmanship and culture of Peruvian people. Huacaya is a culmination of my own interest in Peruvian land and peoples and their link to modern fashion. We must understand this unique culture in order to preserve it. The book is a documentary-style curated diary that follows me through my days in Peru. Striving for a simplistic style, the pictures and white space aim to achieve a documentary feel. Each picture has a caption of place, time and date above or below it, written in a typewriter font typeface. The full-spread green pages separate each day, and each include personal notes in handwriting
style font.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou