When individual strands of wool are spun together they become yarn – a resilient fiber that offers an infinite array of possibilities in terms of warmth, artistic expression, and fashion.
At Alliyma, we believe that hand spun yarn also serves as a metaphor – that just like individual threads of fiber, the creators and consumers of hand-crafted yarn become woven together in a network of support, love, and strength.
When you purchase a skein of Alliyma yarn you are directly supporting women’s economic empowerment in the Peruvian highlands. Alliyma was created by Quechua Benefit in 2017 as a vehicle to allow highland women’s weaving and spinning cooperatives to access global marketplaces and fair-market prices for their goods.
Peruvian highland women often command tremendous spinning, weaving, and knitting talent but little prospect of lifting themselves and their children up from the heartbreaking cycle of rural poverty. At 15,000 feet above sea level in the remote Puna, these women are keepers of this 3,000 year-old ancient tradition. Tapestries, for example, made their debut in the Andes during the first millenium BC and quickly became a prestige fabric for sumptuous garments such as tunics (shirts) and mantles (shoulder wraps).
Alliyma joins these talents with guiding principles of fair trade, living wages, gender equal pay, children’s health, nutrition and educational programs to create products fashioned with love from their hands to yours.
The products they offer from this pathway of hope are:
- 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 products represent yarn as an art form, spun on a drop spindle, and fashioned at every stage in the ancient traditions of Quechua culture.
100% of Alliyma profits are reinvested into social programs focusing on women and children in the highlands of Peru.