Item of the Day: Awamaki Lab

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fingerlessWhat are you doing New Year’s Eve? Yes, Thursday marks the start of a new lunar calendar year, known this year as the “Year of the Goat”…or sheep depending upon who you talk to. Evidently the confusion originates from the Chinese character “yang” which can translate in colloquial Chinese as either sheet or goat.

Either way they’re fairly commonplace domestic animals. Wouldn’t it be a bit more exciting if this were the Year of the Alpaca? That South American equivalent of a sheep that produces some amazing wools.

At Awamaki Lab, it’s always the year of the alpaca. A nonprofit social enterprise that empowers rural Andean women in Peru with skills training and enables them to earn an income, Awamaki champions natural fibers such as alpaca in its products.

Wool and alpaca fiber is purchased directly from the artisans, their families, and their communities. All other materials are 100% natural and are sourced locally and ethically in Peru. Woven pieces are naturally dyed by the artisans and alpaca yarns are hand-spun.

These long, fingerless gloves are hand knitted from 100% alpaca which is hypo-allergenic and does not have an oily coat on it like raw sheep’s wool. The final product comes in 22 natural colors and many different qualities, the most popular being Alpaca FS and Baby Alpaca. Awamaki uses coarser fiber and fiber left over from the spinning process to make felted products, so there’s no waste of any of the hand spun yarns.

For incredibly baby soft knitted accessories, Awamaki produces baby-sized knits in all baby alpaca.

Retail: $35

www.awamakistore.org

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