The Peruvian Connection offers the finest in hand knit textiles imported directly from local craftsmen and women in Peru. The apparel is spun by local artisans from organic materials like Alpaca Fiber, Peruvian Pima Cotton, and Vicuña Fiber. The llamas and cotton are sustainably raised and the materials are manufactured by experts using ancient Mayan techniques and designs. The result is sweaters, dresses, scarves, shawls, and other accessories that are feel and look incredibly luxurious.
It all started in 1976 when 19-year-old Yale anthropology student Annie Hurlbut was studying abroad in South America. While there she developed an interest in the hand woven ponchos and mantas that locals were selling in the street markets of Cuzco. Since the population of Peru has little in the way of social benefits, starting a business is often the best way for women to support their family. Their homespun creations bearing ancient designs were soft and warm. Hurlbut brought one such sweater back for her mother Biddy in Kansas City. Biddy’s friends loved the piece so much that soon the family were importing them from Peru. In 1979, when Annies booth caught the attention of a journalist from the New York Times and they were published in the fashion section. Soon they had more orders than they knew what to do with.
The Peruvian Connection has been a staunch supporter of free trade since the Seventies. Rather than building a factory, the company works with an association of skilled contractors. The artisans patronized by the Peruvian Connection are some of the highest paid in their field. Benefits received include transportation, hot meals, bonuses, time off, and day care. The Peruvian Connection regularly inspects their vendors facilities and maintains a close relationship with all of their partners in Peru. They also organize Pro Mujer Peru, a program that gives Peru's poorest women access to vital microfinance, business training, and healthcare.
The Peruvian Connection is your source of handmade sweaters, dresses, tops, skirts and pants, jewelry and accessories, and homewares spun from top quality alpaca and cotton fibers from the Andes. Their sumptuous blend of all natural materials are soft, light, and politically correct. Pick up an alpaca sweater for the whole family at the Peruvian Connection, stopping first to check out these Peruvian Connection coupon codes.