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Coordinadora de Mujeres Aymaras

Peruvian alpacas

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.

Our visit

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 

Juana

Genara

Sabina

Lydia

Explore our Hand knit collection by the cMA

Handknit collection
Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl

Feliz Cardigan | Chocolate Swirl

$ 340.00
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl

Your Boyfriends Sweater | Chocolate Swirl

$ 340.00
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl
Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl

Your Boyfriends Sweater | Cream Swirl

$ 340.00
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl
Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl

Feliz Cardigan | Cream Swirl

$ 340.00