Tupaq Yupanqui

Kneerly Knee Highs

$30.00

Our alpaca socks will end your cold feet forever! This is one of our most unique products and each pair is a little different. See size options in the drop down.

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These colorful alpaca socks are hand knit by Quechua-speaking women who often knit the heels with bicycle spokes when they don't have enough knitting needles. To see color options, email us!
  • Item ATY 20
  • 70% alpaca, 30% acrylic
  • Hand wash cold, dry flat

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Tupaq Yupanqui

Yauli, Huancavelica, Peru

The group's members, numbering at times up to twenty, grew up knitting but could not receive a fair wage for their work locally. In 2006 they began to work with Bridge of Hope, who exported their socks, which incorporate traditional Incan patterns. The members of Tupaq Yupanqui, with their business knowledge gained through Fair Trade, have faith in this sustainable way to improve their livelihoods. Since 2006, the group has increased sales, adding alpaca hats and gloves to their products. Their confidence continues to grow as they work on pricing, quality control and design, hoping to escape from poverty through their work.

Named for an Incan emperor, Tupaq Yupanqui is a group of knitters who live in a small Andean village outside of Yauli, in the Huancavelica province of Peru. The group members are: Concepciona, Claudia, Juanita, Ezequiel, Niry Luz, Lucy, Suna, Claudia, Emilia, and Dina.

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Additional information

Weight 0.4 lbs
Nearly Knee Highs Size

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