Many of these photos were taken by our close friends, and many of the models have been clients, family members, and lifelong friends.
In the San Francisco convent in La Paz, Bolivia adjacent to the colonial San Francisco Church (1581-1753) our model, in a signature Millma embroidered shawl, strikes a tilted pose similar to the “believer” behind her.
This was our first men’s sweater; knit in the available natural tones of alpaca fleece.
Millma’s hand loomed interpretation of the traditional Andean patterned hand knit.
Up until that time, most of the alpaca sweaters produced in Bolivia were knit in natural tones of alpaca fleece: grey, brown, white and natural black. Millma innovated coloring alpaca yarn through its in-house dye works. Shown here are indigo and cochineal vat dyes, recently dyed yarns, and woven scarves.
Photo journalist Wolfgang Schuler suggested we do a MIllma journalistic style photo shoot in black and white on the streets of La Paz. On the Plaza Murillo in front of the Presidential Palace, we encountered a military parade and our model, impeccably dressed in a knee-length embroidered alpaca coat, jumped right into step.
Our first collection featured alpaca yarns in bright neon colors and many bold vertical striped jacquard pattern bands. Long ankle length skirts were the fad that year.
Our foray into electronic knitting resulted in this perennial best seller. The all-over curvilinear pattern is deconstructed to fit this Andean silhouette, the ruana.
The traditional Andean patterns in horizontal bands evolves into the iconic Millma vertical patterning of geometric jacquard motifs. The round neck button jacket also replaces the traditional button cardigan of earlier collections.
Millma produced Pima cotton garments for the summer months in North America and other warm climate countries. This ankle length Dress with Bolero Top outfit in tobacco brow, coffee cream, black and indigo waves was offered for fall.
Millma took the alpaca knitwear market by storm in 1987 with this neon colored over-sized pullover shirt.
A mainstay of the Millma knit repertory, the Afrikana Ruana, presents large geometric graphic designs knit in black and soft marled grey yarns. An unexpected rust colored border outline the garment.
A grey tunic top highlighted in robin egg blue and long grey skirt, are a perfect match in this evening outfit. A simple strand of pearls with matching earings complete the look.
This ribbed and pleated virtuoso of hand-loomed full fashion construction was pretty in pink. People marveled at the knitting.
We introduced a casual swing jacket into the 2016 Collection in retro natural tones of light brown, grey, and white marled alpaca.
The street where all the elaborately detailed costumes for Carnival are made was a perfect setting for our 2004 photo shoot. The embroidery featured on our model’s coat evokes the intricate embroidery of the tailors Carnival dance outfit.
A mandarin collar, scalloped edges, and hand-made frog closures define this ethnic Chinese knee-length coat silhouette.
Fun in the Sun in this ocean wave halter top.
The Millma credo, “we can do anything in knitwear” is evidenced by the Fiesta patchwork (mock) Turtleneck. The vibrant color patches seen at the bottom of the body and sleeves are textured with plain and two colored knit tucks that run between the geometric jacquard patterns.
A stylized jungle with its wide oversized fronds, swirling lianas, and maze of branches is intricately drawn in this Millma overall jacquard knit.
A masterpiece of color and illusion in this almost op-art rendering by an early Millma designer reflects the fad for wild patterned sweater of the USA 1980’s knitwear market.
Millma produced these men’s handknit intarsia sweaters featured in this Façonnable magazine ad.
This long sleeve luxurious Pima crop top was de rigueur in the late1990’s as women bared their midriff.
Millma’s take on the popular houndstooth pattern of the 1980’s was ankle length knit dresses in bright blues and pink.
Millma’s first blockbuster sweater. Neon colors on a black ground knit in vertical stripes with a subtle diagonal jacquard pattern mixed in. Talk about making a statement.