Technique: Knit Stuffed Animals
THE TECHNIQUE : KNIT STUFFED ANIMALS
Each stuffed animal is hand-knit by an artisan in the Puno region of Peru, an area known for its rich cultural history and high-quality textiles. Despite being an international tourist destination, Puno remains one of the poorest regions of Peru. Manuela Ramos began its Artisan Women’s House in an effort to improve artisans’ quality of life. In addition to knitting, the female artisans also care for their families, tend livestock, and work in agriculture.
The women knit each stuffed animal by hand using soft alpaca wool. Indigenous to Peru, luxurious alpaca wool is highly prized for its warmth, strength, and lightweight texture. Alpacas have been bred in the Andean highlands for thousands of years, and form a crucial component of the Peruvian economy and culture.
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The Artisan Women’s House, apart of Movimiento Manuela Ramos, began in 1993 with the goal of improving Peruvian artisans’ quality of life and to promote the consumption and value of these artisans’ work. Manuela Ramos offers a line of accessories, such as hats and mittens that are 100% alpaca, along with dolls made in fine natural fibers. All of their products are hand knit by women in Puno, an Andean region in the south of Peru known for the quality of its textiles. The women here, aside from knitting, also tend livestock, work in agriculture, and care for their families.