An intricate woven striped wool belt with raised surface embroidery down the center adding rich texture and color. Each is made by hand and no two are exactly alike. The beltl has a little bit of stretch and will conform to fit like your favorite pair of jeans.
- 100% wool
- Hand woven and embroidered by fairly paid artisans in Peru
- By Jenny Krauss
Jenny Krauss artisans live in and near Ayacucho, Peru and are masters in the crafts of weaving and embroidery. The region is poor and remote so finding customers for their wares is difficult. Jenny Krauss was founded in 2008 to help these artisans maintain a steady income through international sales of their work. The company offers them design guidance to appeal to the US customer while maintaining their traditional craft.
The work is certified by the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade manufacturing refers to a set of guidelines that are meant to ensure artisans earn a living wage and are not exposed to environmental hazards.
Most of the artisans are women, who usually spend the morning attending to their family farms and the afternoons embroidering. Their babies are often wrapped in a blanket on their back and older children play nearby.
The average cost of living in Ayacucho and its environs is 400-500 Peruvian Nuevo soles (PEN) per month, but these artisans earn on average 1000 PEN/month, and can earn up to 2500 PEN/month. Your purchase helps these communities sustain their livelihoods and traditions.