Fortress Faves | Awamaki Lab
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In early 2009, Kennedy Leavens, Miguel Galdo, and Emma Hague founded Awamaki. The trio originally worked with the weavers at a local museum in Peru for two years until the organization could no longer support the project, leading to the formation of Awamaki. Awamaki, as a whole, strives to empower rural Andean women and connect them to global markets, enabling them to transform their communities. Awamaki currently supports three projects: sustainable tourism, community education, and women's artisanal cooperatives.
Awamaki Lab is a subset of the Awamaki brand, falling under its women's artisanal cooperatives project. This initiative brings together international volunteer designers, local artisan cooperative members, and Awamaki's in-house team to design and produce the Awamaki Lab line. Products are the comprised of a combination of traditional Andean craft and modern design to create luxury wool and alpaca accessories. Much like Fortress of Inca, Awamaki Lab is fair trade and its products are sustainable. The wool and alpaca fiber used is purchased directly from the artisans, their families, and their communities and all other materials are 100% natural and sourced locally and ethically in Peru. Just to add icing on the cake, Awamaki Lab's woven pieces are also naturally dyed by artisans and alpaca yarns are hand-spun.
Some pieces we like...
The Inti tote bag is a beautiful, handwoven bag that is designed to meet your everyday needs. The tote is sized to fit most laptops or tablets which makes it perfect for your daily commute! Complete the look with the adorable handwoven textile wristlet and our Riri boot in scotch.
As the weather gets colder, fingerless gloves are a must. Made with 100% alpaca fiber, these gloves will keep your hands warm yet still free. Pair it with the gorgeous large cowl scarf to keep you protected from the cold. Complete the look with the Cara bootie (available in black, navy, and scotch).