Coordinadora de Mujeres Aymaras
CMA is an Indigenous-run community organization based in Puno, Peru. There is a community of women living here who have traditionally learned the craft of hand knitting from 8 years old. The founder of CMA is dedicated to helping this community self-sustain their livelihoods through hand knitting. By working with CMA, Indigenous artisans learn how to expand their market beyond local tourism, create size grades, read tech packs, set up email systems, submit invoices, and run their own small businesses. By partnering with CMA, we get to support the practical and sustainable growth of a small community while creating unique, high-quality designs with their input.
During our visit with them in 2019, with their permission, we took some behind the scenes pictures for our memories while we worked on the mini production for our knits that season. We also shared a traditional lunch - a mix of native potatoes, quinoa finger bites, and homemade hot sauce with a boiled egg. I brought some cheese to the spread.
Below in a few pictures I want to transport you to Juli, Puno. The origin of our handknitted pieces, where time goes slower, camaderie is fused in their work and community is above all.
We are an organization of women from humble backgrounds that look to improve and strengthen our skills to work sustainably with integrity while support each other with our artisanal crafts, which we do respectfully towards the environment, and which we commercialize to the world under the fair trade labor laws.
From left to right- Jesusa (green hat), Sabina, Lydia, Genara, Edith, Juana, Justina