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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.