Our Story – Our Legacy
VERDI is a Colombian textile studio that celebrates tradition to create unique homeware, fashion and art pieces by intertwining natural fibers with contemporary materials.
Our story began in the Colombian mountains in 1995 with Carlos Vera Dieppa, a pioneer in Latin American textile design who, after meeting up with a skilled but rather skeptical coffee-sack weaver, developed a unique technique of intertwining local, natural threads and broadened a pair of looms to weave unusual fiber-rugs. He would later have the idea of adding metal to these rugs.
15 years later, after “Charlie’s” passing in 2010, his son Tomás and his daughter Cristina decided to honor his life and legacy by bringing back his craft. Through a renovated brand concept, both siblings reinstated an idea that even today, speaks of Colombia and its heartwarming traditions. They called this idea “VERDI” as an ode to their late father’s last names: VER-a DIeppa.
VERDI is now a multidimensional textile studio that weaves a unique selection of homeware items, fashion accessories and conceptual art pieces, each of which carry our unwavering belief that exceptional, sustainable craft is today’s ultimate luxury.
VERDI carries fique and metal rugs, organic-silk cushions, plantain-fiber and copper-thread curtains, textiles, tableware and silver-plated handbags, among other handwoven items. Having been included twice in Surface Magazine’s “THE LIST” as “one of the brands that are shaping the design world”, having collaborated with designers like Johanna Ortiz and having sold at retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Moda Operandi and Net-A-Porter, VERDI is now a multidimensional design studio that combines craftsmanship with luxury to create homeware, fashion and art pieces for the aesthetically and socially inclined.
Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Our Work with families in Curití, Santander
We proudly support more than 25 families of farmers in Curití, Colombia, where we source our main fibers. These families are taught to grow, cut, comb, dry, dye and process the fibers until made into the threads we use at our workshop. In order to preserve crops and harvest our fibers in a sustainable fashion, only the exterior leaves of the plant are extracted, thus allowing them to continue to grow.
Our Work with Artisans at the VERDI Workshop
Verdi is comprised of almost 20 weavers whose expertise is the result of generations of practice, patience and consistency. We employ highly qualified individuals in an ideal work and positive environment.
Our Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Dyes
One of 2019’s primary objectives involved the initiation of our Eco-Friendly Dye Project, in which we are developing a series of VERDI-exclusive colors, all dyed through an environmentally friendly process that not only guarantees the dyer’s welfare and leaves no footprint, but also ensures color durability.