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Wie en wat doen we?

  • Why Khipu? 
The Tahuantinsuyo is the ancient name of Peru. It was the biggest empire to ever exist in the southern hemisphere. The purpose of growing the empire for the Inca was to intensify trade. As the Incas noticed the richness of the land, they thought that through redistribution and reciprocity they could create trading webs so interconnected that there would be no lack of any kind. On the other hand, the intensification of trade and expansion of the empire could not have been possible without the Quipucamayoc and his Quipus. These Quipus are a system of knots, links, and ties. The Quipucamayoc was tasked with saving all types of information about history, trade, and general knowledge in his Quipus. Since the Incas did not have a writing system, it was through the records kept in the Quipus that the empire was able to expand to the extent it did. As an organization and a family business we have the same purpose, connecting the trading webs in Peru, in order to present the finest Peruvian products to the world. All the while contributing to the sustainable development of Peru, and maintaining social justice as our biggest motivation. 

 

  • What do we do?

  

  • Social

  

Christmas 

In a joint effort with our clients and businesses in Noordeinde, every year since 2018, we gather donations to get underprivileged children from Chinchero christmas gifts and cake. In 2018, we were able to give 120 presents and in 2019 the children were offered 220 gifts. In case you want to donate contact us through email, phone or in person.

 

  • Community → map of Peru

 

We work with three different communities on unique co-creations to show the beauty and variety of Peru. 

 

In Tumbes, we work with 12 women that are specialized in the art of crocheting.
In Chinchero, we collaborate with 30 women on knitted and woven textiles.
In Ucayali, we work with six women of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe on unique embroidery pieces. 


 

  • Sustainability

 

We operate in a sustainable framework by ensuring that all the brands sold in the Khipu store work only with natural materials, manage their waste in a sustainable manner and value craftsmanship. 


 

  • Ethics

 

To ensure ethical working standards for our contributors, we are fully transparent about the wages and processes of creating our merchandise. All the artisans we work with have access to clean water, work in an open space, and take breaks whenever they want or need.

 


 

  • Textiles

  

Pima Cotton

 

Pima Cotton is grown on the northern coast of Peru and picked by hand. This hand picking process allows to differentiate the qualities of cotton, while also minimizing the impact of its harvest. This cotton is considered the finest one in the world, because it has the longest staple, which makes it optimal for sensitive skin. In addition, Pima Cotton needs 90% less water than conventional cotton in its production and is up to fifty percent more resistant. Finally, organic cotton has the advantage of being produced in a land free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and defoliants.


 

Alpaca

 

Even though 90% of Alpacas are in Peru, the fibre is globally recognized  for its fineness, softness, light-weight, durability, and excellent thermal qualities. It can be turned into a wide array of products from yarn and apparel to tapestries and blankets. The “Baby Alpaca” fibre usually comes from an adult animal with a very fine coat. It stands for the fineness of the fibre. Alpaca fibre has more than 9 pure colors, which implies that the dyeing process in many products is avoided. In addition, the fibre does not contain fat, oil or lanolin, which allows its processing to be smooth, using neutral soaps, and a small quantity of water at warm temperatures. This also makes it hypoallergenic. Finally, Alpacas only require half of the food intake than most other fibre-producing livestock and their hooves minimise the damage on the pastureland.