PichinkuYarn

Naturally dyed yarn made by women artisans in Peru

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 283 Sales

PichinkuYarn

Naturally dyed yarn made by women artisans in Peru

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 283 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(81)
Dana Blair

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5 out of 5 stars
(81)
Breanne Gibson

Breanne Gibson on Jun 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This color is just stunning!

Michaella Hahn

Michaella Hahn on Jun 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Hey there, baby alpaca!

Michaella Hahn

Michaella Hahn on Jun 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE this yarn. And the colorway is gorgeous!

Heather Cichocki

Heather Cichocki on May 31, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I cannot truly express how much I love this yarn. The fiber is soft and of great quality, and this orange is just, wow, beautiful and bold and takes me on a mental journey into sunsets and unexpected adventures and festivals filled with color. I'm not even typically am an orange person, but this is perfection. My whole purchase experience was phenomenal. I love what Pichinku yarn is doing for the women in Peru. I love the high quality fibers and vibrant natural dyes. I love the ethics they stand for. It is a business I will definitely purchase from again and again.

Heather Cichocki

Heather Cichocki on May 31, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Practically perfect in every way, like holding a spring sky!

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About

PICHINKU - an Andean yarn dream

(video is from our February campaign on Kickstarter that raised the funding that has made Pichinku possible)

Pichinku (pee-cheen-koo, meaning "little bird" in the native Quechua language) is a social enterprise that produces 100% naturally dyed alpaca and wool yarns, lovingly made in small batches by the skilled hands of women artisans in Cusco, Peru.

Pichinku yarn is sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially conscious. No chemicals, no nonsense, just beautiful yarn!

Social and Environmental Code of Conduct

• Artisan Rights and Well Being

Pichinku operations are free of any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse, and all artisans work of their own free will. Production decisions are made in collaboration with artisans, with mutual respect for conflicting time or personal obligations, and without recrimination.

• Fair Compensation and Benefits

Pichinku artisans are part-time employees, paid in a timely manner at above the statutory minimum wage, and are assisted in the proper registration of payments with the SUNAT (Peruvian tax and revenue body). No pay deductions based on quality criteria nor limitations on pursuing additional income-making opportunities are imposed on artisans.

• Child Advocacy and Protection

No children under lawful age of employment are involved in any step of production.

• Environmental Care

Pichinku fibers are sourced exclusively from cruelty free facilities and dyed using botanical materials that are locally sourced in sustainable quantities. We practice energy conservation, natural resource conservation, solid waste disposal and wastewater remediation always and whenever possible.

• Health and Safety

Pichinku yarn is produced in a home workshop located in the Sacred Valley of Cusco, and prioritizes the physical health, mental health and safety of all team members. Proper safety measures are practiced, and workspaces are spacious and well ventilated.

• Transparent Records and Legal Compliance

Pichinku is a legally incorporated “anonymous society” Peruvian company and operates in compliance with all statutory requirements. We are committed to transparency in records maintenance, including policies and expenses. These records are compiled at the end of each calendar year, and available upon request in digital format.

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Last updated on Jul 26, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Will colors fade/are they color fast?

Natural dyes fade beautifully with time and may run a bit when washed but will retain their vibrancy with proper care. Anything made with Pichinku yarn is not suited for the spin cycle! We recommend gently washing in luke-warm water with a very small amount of mild detergent (Orvus, Euculan, baby shampoo, etc.), avoiding agitation, and laying flat to dry.

Where do you source your yarns?

We source all our yarn from Michell and Cia. (http://michell.com.pe/michell/). Their production is 100% ethical, down to their fiber being hand-sorted (no machines) by micron quality and sourced from traditional alpaca herding families in the high Andes. Michell has also provided employment to hundreds of Peruvian employees for 80+ years and made genetic research advancements that will keep the alpaca industry alive in Peru.