Our Hand Knit Farm Animal Ornaments made with alpaca yarn are handcrafted by a company called Lucuma Designs, who team with artists and cottage industries in Peru and Costa Rica. Celebrating the beauty of everything handmade, seeking to benefit people and Mother Earth over making a profit, their love of nature and their traditions is inspiring. You can read their story here. Interestingly enough, people living at high elevations in the Andes mountains often had no access to trees or wood to carve toys, so they knitted their toys. It is said “On the shores of Lake Titicaca, on the frigid Andean mountain plateau at 12,500 feet above sea level, everyone is a master knitter.” The detail in these whimsical ornaments is remarkable.
We are now selling these adorable knit alpaca ornaments, handmade by a not-for-profit social enterprise called Global Goods Partners. GGP is is committed to providing sustainable jobs for women, and as stated on their website, they have tapped into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next.
Since GGP first launched in 2005, they have partnered with over 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to design and bring to market the fair trade, handcrafted products they produce. Each artisan earns reliable, fair living wages, and gains experience that can add benefit to all aspects of her life.