At Yanawara, we work hand in hand with Bolivian artisans to bring you beautiful, ethically-crafted alpaca knitwear. Through timeless designs, traditional craftsmanship and locally-sourced natural fibers, each of our pieces tell a story. We are proud to support our artisan partners, fair wages, safe job opportunities and a more sustainable fashion industry.
Did you know that Yanawara means “star that comes from afar” in the Aymara language?
The Aymara people are an indigenous community in Bolivia, and its neighboring countries, known among many things for their colorful woven textiles and exquisite craftsmanship. I’m Bolivian and had always felt a deep admiration for the Aymara community and their work. Most of the artisans we work with and I have Aymara roots and, through our name, we hope each of our products can be like a star that came all the way from Bolivia to share their story with you and help you tell your own story.
From the Andes to the Amazon, Bolivia is a country known for its rich culture, traditions and hard working people. The beauty, quality and uniqueness of its products and materials is still a secret for many but we aim to change that!
The colors, textiles, shapes and stories of Bolivia are an endless source of inspiration for Yanawara’s ethically-made alpaca knitwear and carefully curated selection of accessories. Through our brand and each item we sell, we hope to share the beauty of Bolivia as well as the talent and stories of its artisans with you.
ETHICALLY-MADE BY BOLIVIAN ARTISANS
Yanawara partners with artisans and entrepreneurs in the Bolivian artisan industry. The majority of these artisans are women, working from home or in small workshops. Many have been working in the artisan industry for generations or joined it as a means to be independent and support their families with dignity.
We are deeply committed to honoring their traditions and sustainable practices , starting with “mutual breeding”, an ancestral, harm-free process that involves a mutual care, love and respect of animals, people and the environment.
The alpaca wool used in our timeless designs is locally and sustainably-sourced. In addition to being deeply linked to Bolivia’s culture, it is also a fine fiber that is both warm and lightweight, incredibly soft and hypoallergenic.
Our artisans use traditional spinning techniques and non-dyed colors, where the richness of the fibers’ natural colors can be fully appreciated. The weaving process is also carried out with great expertise and care, which is why each of our products is of the highest quality.
We develop close relationships with each of our partners. This allows us to collaborate together through the design, planning and production process. We also visit their workshops to guarantee that the manufacturing process is as ethical as possible. This also enables us to be transparent and provide real costs to our partners, clients and all parties involved.