Pom Pom Necklace
Made by Inspired Peru
Gift this necklace to the most colorful person in your life. This fun elastic necklace looks great on children and adults alike. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru.
Pom Pom Necklace | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Approximately 17" long
- Materials: llama wool
- As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur
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Inspired Peru is an artisan cooperative consisting of 35 artisans; the majority are widows and heads of household from indigenous communities in the Peruvian highlands. Ethically sourced, local alpaca wool is used to craft products, such as stuffed animals and accessories, that celebrate the artisans’ ancestral and cultural heritage. The artisans generally work from the comfort of their home; however, they have access to a communal workshop in the city of Lima. At Inspired Peru, artisans are empowered to transmit their traditional skills to future generations while expanding their business and leadership skills. Artisans have access to skill development programs through Inspired Peru. We are proud to partner with artisans at Inspired Peru.
The Inca used colorful pom poms as ceremonial pieces, which were added to clothing. To this day, Andean indigenous women wear pom poms on their traditional hats and at the end of their braided hair. The artisans of Inspired Peru have adapted the ancient Inca tradition of decorative pom poms. Artisans use ethically sourced and local alpaca, hand-dyed wool to make pom pom accessories. After carefully shaving the alpacas, the hair is washed. Once clean, the hair is dyed using vibrant colors. The hair is once again washed of any excess dye and sun-dried for one to two days. Once the desired color is reached, the artisans thoroughly brush the hair to reach maximum softness. The artisans separately make a mold out of flexible cardboard. They then cut small segments of the hair and hand-glue it onto the mold in small sections. Once dry, the pom poms are looped into a string of braided alpaca wool to create the colorful, soft necklaces and bracelets. We are excited to work with artisans at Inspired Peru as they create these beautiful accessories.
Best known as the heart of the Inca Empire, Peru is and has been home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived; its rich and varied heritage includes the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco and the lost city of Machu Picchu. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of Peru's cultural identity, has serve as the fundaments for the way of life for thousands of families and communities.
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Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.