Who are Manos del Uruguay?
Manos Del Uruguay has been creating hand dyed yarns that are beautiful, ethical and sustainable since 1968. Every skein is an opportunity to give Uruguay's rural women jobs, meaning not just an income, but also an opportunity to personally develop and gain independence, keeping their roots and traditions, close to their community and families.
The artisans use big pots heated by wood kettles, creating small batches of wonderful colors. Their yarns colors are bright and wild, full of nuances and variations. No two skeins are the same, each one is unique, a testimony of a particular moment. Every skein has a tag with the artisan signature and the name of the village where the cooperative is located. Keeping the traditional hand spinning skills alive allows them to create unique, beautiful yarns. Both Serpentina and Clasica Wool are hand spun by Manos artisans.
Manos del Uruguay has a social aim, being not-for-profit organization. They are organized in 12 cooperatives, each one a workshop located in a small village of Uruguay's countryside. The artisans are the owners of the company and Manos' profits are shared among the cooperatives or re-invested in the organization. The cooperatives have strong bonds with their communities, creating positive social and familial outcomes. Manos del Uruguay is a proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization since 2009, which supports the sustainable development of small producers, by offering better commercial conditions and protecting their rights. Manos is committed to support the artisans bringing them tools for their development and promotion.
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