Manos Del Uruguay was created in 1968 looking for a way to help women in Uruguay’s countryside generate income. They looked to the natural materials that they had on hand, wool in particular. Manos women spin, dye, knit and weave the products that are later sold in the world’s most sophisticated markets. Manos colours are their trademark. The secret lies in the patient kettle dyeing in small pots using precise colour recipes. This crafted process creates the sybtle nuances in the striated colours as well as the fantastic shading of the space-dyed yarns.
With each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came. You will be supporting the hand-crafted rather than mass-produced, and contributing to an economy where the workers control of the means of production. You, as a handknitter, crocheter or weaver, will be contributing to women’s careers in harmony with family life, and contributing to the landscape, and cultural heritage of Uruguay.