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Celebrating 50 years of Manos del Uruguay!

This year we celebrate 50 years! #manosdeluruguay #manos50 #fairtrade

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This year, Manos del Uruguay is celebrating 50 years of their cooperative and we’re celebrating! We’ve carried their yarns here at Wolseley Wool for years and are always so excited when a new box of their gorgeous yarns come in the store to ooh and ahh over! Not only do they make beautiful yarns, but there is a great story behind the yarn.

We’re kicking off our Manos celebration on Friday May 11th with a big party! From 7-9 PM Friday evening we will be having a great time, with wine and food from the area provided by Txoko, games, prizes, knitting and more! All Manos yarns will be 15% off and for every skein you buy you get entered to win a prize! Also, if you bring in an item made in Manos Yarns for us to display for the week you get an additional entry.

We’d love if you’d join us. Tickets are $20 and available at Wolseley Wool.

The fun doesn’t stop Friday night! All week long until Sunday, May 20th Manos Yarns will be 15% off with an entry in our prize drawing for every skein bought. If you have something made of Manos we’d love to see it – if you lend it to us to display for the week we’ll give you an extra entry in our draw! We’ll have kits ready to inspire you and lots of great things going on.

If you don’t know the Manos story, read on to find out what makes these yarns so special. 50 years ago, the Manos Collective was started by 5 women focused on selling their handcrafts. This quickly grew to what today is 17 cooperatives employing 350 artisans in their communities with a focus on spinning, dyeing and weaving as well as ready to wear items. These fair trade yarns are spun from local yarns in a sustainable way that supports the women and the communities they are working in.

When Manos started, there was not a lot of work for women and they were given so many oppourtunity through their collectives. They provide insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacation and maternity leave to collective members. They also began the first kindergartens in the area for the children of the Manos artisans which lead to better education opportunities in the area. The goal of the Manos Cooperatives is to support economic, social and personal development for women in their villages in the Uruguayan countryside.

Each coop operates as a small local business in its community ran by the workers and each skein purchased helps the women of the collectives work in their communities and supports their families. Each skein is signed by the artisan who made it on the label as well as the village it was made in.  You are supporting hand-crafted yarn made by cooperative workers who support the chain of yarn from start to finish!