"Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization which, since 1968, has provided jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguay rural areas...
During 2009, and after a long and exhaustive evaluation process, Manos del Uruguay was accepted as a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO, which operates in 70 countries and brings together more than 350 organizations, 100% committed to Fair Trade.
This achievement acknowledges Manos del Uruguay mission of eradicating poverty through sustainable economic growth, enabling craftspeople to improve the quality of their craft products, so that, in this way, they can continue their personal development.
We, the craftswomen, are the owners of Manos del Uruguay, and we are part of a non-profit Association, the objective of which is to generate work for rural women, allowing us to stay in our towns, earn our living and develop ourselves as human beings."
So there you go. When you buy Manos yarns you help women support their families in Uruguay in places where they have little opportunity.
Knitters and crocheters like to help people. They are earthly angels who spread socks and scarves around the world, throwing them gleefully out of handcrafted baskets while they sing and pirouette. . Many of these items hold prayers and love. If artists were to draw yarnies they would need to add wings - knitted, of course, in fair isle patterns, elaborate cables, and assorted textured stitches - to the backs of these people. Halos would turn into elaborate crowns in crocheted lace. Most yarnies would wrinkle up their noses and roll their eyes at this imagery about them, but would have no problem bestowing wings and crowns on other yarnies.
Yarn also likes to be made into useful things. It knows that it is created to be a hat or scarf or a nice cozy sweater to warm someone. Our Wool Classica has been sad because it's been around for so long, just sitting and waiting for someone to take it home and love it and mold it into a thing of useful beauty.
Manos Del Uruguay Wool Classica
100% Corridale Wool
138 y/126 m/100 g Worsted (5)
Regular Price: $19.00
Sale Price: $4.75
Posted by Anna Maria Junus (happy employee with tattered laughable wings and a broken halo and really wishes she could draw these angels as she envisions them).