Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fair Trade Hand Knits at LYS

We have expanded our selection of Fair Trade Hand Knits this Fall.  Lancaster Yarn Shop works with several Fair Trade companies to ensure that we have exceptionally beautiful Hand Knit sweaters, hats, mittens & socks.

Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability.  The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of goods.

Meet the knitters of our beautiful children's sweaters:  Mercedes and Alberto Males from Otavalo, Ecuador.  Mercedes says that the textile arts have been passed down in her family for generations, and she strives to continue this rich family tradition today.  She supports her local community by purchasing wool from a factory in nearby Guano.  To ensure the quality of the wool, it’s collected from the finest Ecuadorian and Peruvian lambs and is then double washed and dyed to achieve the vivid yarn colors.

We have a great selection of sweaters for children and adults--stylish, warm, eco-friendly & fair trade.  We also have mittens, great big cozy socks, wool hats and swinging alpaca capes. 

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