"Finding the fabric in Peru was my personal quest to finding Eldorado—the City of Gold. It was quite difficult at first to find actual fabric stores and, when I asked, most people told me that I would have to go to a small town about one hour north of Cuzco. However, I decided to take matters in my own hands and search beyond the beaten path. This is when I came across a tiny local market that was hidden from the tourists’ eyes. I took a chance going up and down narrow market lanes and alleys, and that’s where I finally found a few fabric stores. It’s amazing to see how the local fabric was used on a day to day basis, from local women carrying goods to big celebrations." —Kim Mantegna
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Kim Mantegna: The thrill of the adventure has led Kim on Ger-many trips around the world. She lives for that feeling of being completely Thai-d up in a new place on her own. For Kim, experiencing new cultures, learning other Zimbab-ways of life and seeing how other people live are what make the world go round!