At Alliyma we believe that the craft of yarn inspires a metaphor: spinners and knitters, like individual strands of wool spun together, become stronger and more resilient when bound together.
Peruvian highland women often command tremendous skill in spinning, weaving, and knitting but little prospect of lifting themselves and their families up from the heartbreaking cycle of rural poverty that assails them. At 15,000 feet above sea level, these Quechua-speaking women reside in one of the most remote areas of the world. Yet they have managed to keep this ancient tradition alive generation after generation for at least three thousand years.
Guided by the principles of fair trade, living wages, and gender equal pay, Alliyma was created by Quechua Benefit in 2017. We provide stable employment, training for international market specifications, and a salary 3 times higher than what is currently available. Alliyma allows spinners to provide for their families and to save for a future of their design and making.
Our goal is to spin hope from the bare thread of despair, and in the process weave a more equitable world for us all to inhabit.
Our pathway of hope is provided by the products they craft:
- 12 different hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns
- A variety of hand-knitted garments such as shawls, scarves, socks, and gloves
- Hand-woven home goods such as duvet covers
- Hand-embroidered quilt squares and accessories
These high-quality, hand-crafted products represent yarn as an art form; spun on a drop spindle and fashioned in a timeless tradition.
100% of Alliyma profits are invested in social programs focusing on women and children in the highlands of Peru. Take a look at our brochure for more info.
To purchase Alliyma yarn, visit Alpacas.com/yarn .