Her passion for natural fibres and textile techniques was nurtured by her late grandmother, who was trained as a textile technologist, and made any wish to have a look out of the latest Vogue come true. Barbara works as an innovation economist, but the passion for natural fabric and exquisite techniques remained a fundamental pillar in her own styling and wardrobe. When relocating to Liechtenstein for private reasons, she started to research alpine plants, herbs and textile techniques in her leisure time. What started as a passionate pastime slowly grew into a network of likeminded artisans, scientists and women engaged in the preservation of old knowledge through original thinking and renewal. Since 2016, Barbara manages sourcing of materials, collaborates with artisans in the design process and is responsible for finances and marketing. She is also the voice of Valma in the promotion of sustainable luxury and spreading the word of preservation, material quality, women entrepreneurship and feminist economics.
Head of HandlooM weaving
Katharina Osterwalder studied textile design and weaving in Switzerland, Japan and Germany. In 1991 she passed her master craftswoman diploma in weaving in Hannover, Germany. Since then she´s been researching, teaching and working as textile artisan and master weaver in her own atelier and at educational institutions. Since 2018 she manages the weaving business of the cooperative manufacture to which Valma is associated. For Valma she carries out exclusive designs for made-to-order scarves and created the "Bergseide (Mountain Silk)" Collection of men scarves in her own handloom atelier.
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