The Peruvian Andes: Where we make a difference together

One of these days, I’d really love to go to Peru. I’d like to see the incredible places and people Karen writes about so passionately. But honestly, I don’t know when that will happen. Still, just through the stories here on the Object Mythology blog and through conversations with Karen, I can see what draws her to these phenomenal people and their rich culture. It’s intangible in some respects, and yet it’s also captured so perfectly in her travel photos and stories.

From their hands to yours

To me, what’s really neat about Object Mythology is that it’s a socially responsible company that truly does help real people in the Peruvian Andes. OM doesn’t just send tax write-off checks to charities and call that social activism. Karen goes and meets with and works with all of these amazing people and actually helps these talented artisans keep their culture alive and their communities provided for by partnering with them to create all of the wonderful baby alpaca scarves and throw blankets and fingerless gloves you find here on the site.

Working with gorgeous baby alpaca, which is inherently sustainable, stronger than wool, and yet softer than cashmere, native Peruvian women sit and teach their daughters and granddaughters the hand knitting craft that’s been passed down culturally through their people for generations while creating products that support their families. I think a lot about what else these young women learn from that; how they must develop a sense of self-worth and pride in their craft, and what a treasure that is. Hundreds of people directly benefit from the production of all of these beautiful baby alpaca items, and that in itself is a thing of beauty.



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