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Antolina is the name of a new collection of shoes based on the concept created by Mariela Montiel. Antolina was her paternal grandmother’s first name whose personality and tenderness suffused her childhood. Antolina, a name that at once evokes her Paraguayan origins, a country deep in the heart of South America.

These shoes are made from a hand-woven material traditional to the Makas Indians, an ethnic tribe in my country. The cotton is hand-picked, spun and woven after dying the material with vibrant and luminous colors inspired by the surroundings; azure blue for the sky of the Guarani territory and the mighty river Paraguay, the ever present greens of the tropical forest, intense red of the earth, and the pulsating yellow of the sun that burns bright each day in the sky above this country.

With these magnificent fabrics and the designs, the shoes take on a life between the hands and the factory of the master creator of espadrilles, Louis Castaner.

Thanks to this project and to CDivertiamo’s support, Mariela Montiel wants to provide a means of living for the indigenous tribes and to revitalize an endangered craft.