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Chocolate River Brown and White 100% Alpaca Hand Knit Cable Stitch Hat

Chocolate River Brown and White 100% Alpaca Hand Knit Cable Stitch Hat

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-361146

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Peruvian artisan Maria Esperanza Jauregui combines stitch definition with a multi-colored yarn to create a stunning hand knit hat topped with a pompom. Made from soft 100% alpaca wool, the yarn used for the hat is three colors twisted together--burnt sienna, espresso brown, and snow white. Bands of knit and purl stitches and a long cable give the hat texture and visual interest.

  • materials: 100% alpaca
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Textile softness: Soft--this item has been made with fibers that are soft to the touch
16.5 in. Inner Circ. x 8.25 in. W x 8.75 in. H

Dry cleaning recommended;Dry clean or hand wash in cold water

Artisan Information

Maria Esperanza Jauregui

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I was born in the Department of Amazonas on June 24, 1951. My mother was a homemaker and my father was a junior high school teacher. Thanks to him, we learned the value of studying and respect above all things. He also taught us to love ourselves and not let anyone put us down.

I learned the textile arts little by little, watching my aunts, friends and knitters from the time I was very young. Every day I liked this work more and more, so I practiced and practiced until I could knit and crochet myself. "I began by knitting little sweaters and blankets for my dolls and today, I continue knitting and crocheting. At first, I took classes and eventually taught these same skills to my students in workshops organized by the city.

'When I was a little girl, my mother sometimes had to go out of town and she would leave me with my brothers. I'd slip off to the store and buy wool on credit to knit. So that my brothers wouldn't see what I was doing, I'd hide upstairs to work. The funny thing is that when my mother would come back, the shopkeeper would call her to pay for what I took, but she thought I had bought candy. Imagine her surprise when she found out I was buying fabrics and yarn. From then on, my mother bought me the materials. This made me very happy, and made me feel very sure of myself.

"My hobbies are knitting, crochet, hairpin lace, embroidery and weaving. This is what I enjoy doing the most. Little by little, it became my work as well as my favorite hobby.

"I treasure my art and have practiced it most of my life. So far, I'm not tired of it and I continue to participate in workshops to improve my techniques. I pass them on to other girls who also enjoy this sort of work.

"I love it! I could spend for hours and hours knitting and crocheting with no problem. But what makes me really happy is looking at a finished piece, admiring it and making sure it's an attractive design of good quality. I enjoy demonstrating the ability that we women have in our own hands, and that we can get ahead through our own work. It's fascinating to explore new techniques, finishings, flosses and textures that can feel good when worn. I'm proud to tell you that my work took third place in knitting in a contest held in Lima.

"When I was studying to be a teacher, I fell in love and ended up pregnant. My father could not accept this and, to support myself, I turned to my knitting. I was able to sell my designs and pay for school and my living expenses. It took a lot of effort, but I was able to finish my degree.

"When you choose my designs, you'll receive something crafted by hand and I'm sure you'll love to show them off. Thank you, Novica, for giving artisans of my country an opportunity, as it is greatly needed."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

Shipping

United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

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