Born in Pasto, Colombia, Adriana Santacruz has focused her work as a fashion designer on the study of the weaving techniques, which the Los Pastos inhabitants have developed one generation after another. For them weaving is more than a job: it is a way of life and thought in which the technical knowledge and spiritual legacy converge; elements that, together with the organic nature of the materials used for weaving, represent a “sustainable fashion”.
In 2008, Adriana was awarded a scholarship at Istituto Marangoni Milano to further develop her knowledge in fashion design. Upon completion of her studies in Italy, she has had the opportunity to participate in events like ColombiaModa, the International Fashion Week in Bogotá, the Vancouver Fashion Week, the Slow Fashion Week in Chile, World Fashion Week Paris.
Similarly, Adriana has been awarded and recognized by several organisations such as Artesanías de Colombia (Colombian Handicrafts), Acicam, the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, Revista Proyecto Diseño (Project-Design Magazine), Fucsia Magazine, Cromos Magazine, the Colombian Embassies in Spain, France and Peru, and was awarded the Mujer Cafam Honorific Mention for Women in Colombia, a recognition given to women who exercise social responsibility through their work, for her collaboration with indigenous artisans of her region.