Loving the green of summer! Hope you can trade your slippers for sandals and head off on some great summer adventures!
Loving the green of summer! Hope you can trade your slippers for sandals and head off on some great summer adventures!
Grapevines. Grown extensively throughout Azerbaijan, for their leaves which make the famous meat filled dolma, and for the grapes which are eaten fresh, dried, or used to make wine or juice. Pic cred: @kepputsi
There is a special kind of love for cats in the old city. Maybe because of the lack of cars or because many of the residents have set out bowls to feed them. Pic: @kepputsi
The Azerbaijani Carpet Museum is a beautiful venue (shaped like a carpet!) showing off the lovely carpets and the history of weaving and other art forms in Azerbaijan. We found this great display of slipper socks from different regions. It was great to find these ancient patterns and motivation to find more women who can knit these types traditional slipper socks to keep this beautiful knitting tradition alive.
We are surrounded by beauty in so many forms here @ChiriForGood. Inés at work is just another inspiring example. . . . #ForGood #artisan #handmade #handknitting #craftswoman #ethicalfashion #whomademyclothes #transparency #knowyourknitter #sustainablefashion #thatprofile #womenswork #ChiriForGood #nofilter #inspired
The @ChiriForGood swatches, as knit by the incomparable Ñañas of Peru. The attention to detail and the fine nature of their work always impresses us. -Lexi . . . #handknit #alpaca #forgood #knowyourknitter #chiriforgood #babyalpaca #ethicalfashion #fashionforgood #sustainablestyle #slowfashion #ruffles #fiberart
Counting new colorful products with Mekanet as her granddaughter observes. Pic📷 @kepputsi
Suede bottoms. They keep your slippers from getting holes as quickly as well as make them non-slip.
Most houses in Azerbaijan are made out of these stone bricks that are cut out of mountains.
These clean white pictures are very appealing. Maybe its because we can’t make anything in real life this clean and white. . . . . . But perfectly clean and white usually means it’s not being used, it’s not filled with people who bring messes but also bring life and love. We want to try to fill our lives with the ones we love and the activities we love... which usually means nothing is this white #yestomess
Who made my clothes??? #Repost @dinadinepal (@get_repost) ・・・ Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. We believe in fair jobs and producing quality, timeless products that are ethically sourced and produced. Purchase empower #fashionrevolution #knowyourknitter #dinadinepal #whomademyclothes #fashrev #ethicalfashion #fairfashion #transparency
One woman who really needed a job asked if she could learn from some of our knitters. She went a few times until she got the hang of it and was able to knit these, her first pair we bought from her! Good job Terana!
I love working with the @dinadinepal team! #Repost @dinadinepal ・・・ Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. We believe in fair jobs and producing quality, timeless products that are ethically sourced and produced. Purchase empower #fashionrevolution #knowyourknitter #dinadinepal #whomademyclothes #fashrev #ethicalfashion #fairfashion #transparency
Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. We believe in fair jobs and producing quality, timeless products that are ethically sourced and produced. Purchase empower #fashionrevolution #knowyourknitter #dinadinepal #whomademyclothes #fashrev #ethicalfashion #fairfashion #transparency
We know! Our Azerbaijani ladies are all paid a fair wage for their work. We also emphasize and teach every woman her value and worth and the importance of her work to the world and to her family. Buy some of our slipper socks today and know who made your socks! #fashionrevolution #whomademysocks
Opened up this beauty in the mail today. I drew the flower for the gorgeous embroidery on this @chiriforgood sweater. It’s my sister, Lexi and her dear partner Emily’s amazing company. You should check out what we and the nañas are up to these days. Follow @chiriforgood to see beautiful apparel and learn more about the #fashionrevolution #slowclothes #knowyourknitter
A family drying the plums and apples from their trees which provide snacks for them throughout the year.
We just celebrated Dinadi's second anniversary by going on a picnic together. What a party to bring all our women together! It's such a privilege to work with these amazing women and see the impact and joy an employment opportunity can bring! We won't stop knitting anytime soon 🙂 #dinadinepal #craftedbynepal #knowyourknitter
This is Aytekin. She works as quality control as she picks up and counts and tags each item. She also has a beautiful heart for the women and their families. She wants to see them happy and thriving. Here she is putting puzzles together with some kids on a knitter scouting trip.
Ancient doors. Don’t be afraid of what you find behind them...
We know spring is creeping in slowly but on days like this all you want is to snuggle up in your favourite woollens. We're in love with these grey tones and textures on our favourite hats! Happy Wednesday beautiful people! . . . . . #handmadewithlove #merinohat #ethicalfashion #knowyourknitter #ethicalclothing #knittersofinstagram #lovewool #choosewool #knitstagram #rawwool #slowfashion #ethicalknitwear #merinowool #shadesofgrey #lovegrey #scandinaviandesign #strikk #travellingbasketshop #artisanyarn #madeinnepal #yarnlove #ourmakelife #kinfolk #nestandflourish #theslowdowncollective #seekinspirecreate #greyknit #greywool
Lost in the luxurious weave of these beautiful handmade shawls by the wonderful ladies of @dinadinepal Wearing Eco and ethical fashion gives you more than just confidence in your purchase and apparel: It can give life, opportunity, gratitude and respect to those who deserve it! Love your clothes and love the story of their origin. Happy Tuesday and wishing you all a shawl like this to keep out the cold today (available from our online store!) . . . . . #knowyourknitter #handmadewithlove #merinoshawl #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #knittersofinstagram #lovewool #choosewool #knitstagram #rawwool #knitwithlove #slowfashion #ethicalknitwear #craftedbyhand #merinowool #merinowolle #makersmovement #timelessdesign #scandinaviandesign #handknitted #travellingbasketshop #artisanyarn #strikk #yarnlove #theartofslowliving #wearwool #ourmakerlife
Playing with colours and discussing which to add to our grey and blue colour chart for the next collection. For us when working through a design process like this we try to create designs and choose colors that are not bound by trends and seasons. Instead we aim to build collections of winter classics. #slowfashion #design #knitwear #knitting #craftedbynepal #dinadinepal #knowyourknitter
The decorated containers were used in the past as bags for holding food and other personal items hung off the back of horses or donkeys.
Mitten ornaments glistening in the sun...
When the founder of Azerbaijani Socks first started telling locals that she wanted to start a business with their knit slipper socks, they couldn’t believe that someone in another country would be interested in buying their products. Now selling in many stores in the US and Europe, this brings joy and pride to our knitters and the whole country. Each nationality and country has something beautiful to give to the world! Let’s get busy discovering these things!
Sister of a sister. That's what ñaña means in the Ñaña knitters' native Quechua. It's such a beautifully specific and powerful relationship that it deserves its own word in every language, don't you think? Today we celebrate all of our ñañas, sisters across the globe working to make the world a better, more just and beautiful place. Feliz día de la mujer! ~Emily #internationalwomensday #diadelamujer #knowyourknitter #chiriforgood
66/365 . Slow Fashion . Wikipedia defines this as "the alternative to fast fashion and part of what has been called the "slow movement", advocates for principles similar to the principles of slow food, such as good quality, clean environment, and fairness for both consumers and producers." Dinadi is a small business here in Nepal started by a couple Scandinavian knitters who saw a need- people who needed employment, people "enslaved" by poverty, or an unfair lack of opportunity...people at risk of exploitation. Dinadi employs and trains local people to knit their products from their own homes. This empowers people who otherwise might not be able to get work, or even leave home for more than a few hours at a time due to circumstances. I've been so encouraged seeing SOLUTIONS to problems like poverty and exploitation...but it also has opened my eyes to the real impact and importance of "ethical fashion" and "slow fashion"...knowing who makes your clothing actually does make a positive impact. #knowyourknitter #whomademyclothes
Did you know that Azerbaijan has almost as many sheep as people? 9 million people and almost 8 million sheep!
This kind of carpet is called a Soumak. It is made by the Lezgi people. Soumak is a type of flat weave, with a smooth front face and a ragged back. These carpets were made in full force during Soviet times but have since become less popular with machine-made carpets more readily available at less cost.
The knitters wait for us to come and ooh and aah over their newly knitted socks. We often give some feedback about their knitting, count and pay the knitters before we can start having tea.
Februaritävling! En tävling som handlar om att sprida lite kärlek💙 VINN en valfri accessoar från Dinadi åt en vän. 1. Skriv något kärleksfullt om en vän. 2. Tagga denna vän 3. Sprid gärna mer kärlek och dela på era sidor och följ oss @fiorina.se 💙 Fantastiskt fina handstickade produkter i merinoull. Så mjuka och varma. Dinadi, ett socialt ansvarstagande företag med stort fokus på att ge etiska och värdiga arbetsmöjligheter till kvinnor i Nepal. Varje produkt mössa, vantar, handledsvärmare, pannband och halsduk levereras i en lokalt handgjord box, tillverkad i lokta papper. Varje produkt är signerad av kvinnan som tillverkat den.💙 (Vem som får denna fina produkt får ni veta 1/3. Finns både på IG och FB) Ta hand om er! kram Anna & Åsa #fiorina .se #dinadinepal #tävling #spridkärlek #knits #stickat #accessoarer #handgjord #follow #love #ethicallymade #nepal #sweden #designthatmatters #knowyourknitter #instakärlek #februari #merinoull #vinn #mössa #vantar #pannband #beanie #fashion @dinadinepal @fiorina.se #fiorinase
Knitting during tea time in Quba, Azerbaijan.
These hands. They may not look pretty according to the world’s standards, but they make beautiful things and are proof of years of loving her family well through knitting, baking, cooking, washing, gardening and much more. #handsthatwork #beautifulhands . . Pic: @thomas_c_marsden @visionsofazerbaijan
We went on an adventure to find some new knitters in the Southern part of Azerbaijan. This woman, Adile, was so proud to show her samples to us. Many people told us we could find knitters in one village at the top of a mountain. Through treacherous roads and semi-desert moonscapes we drove until we reached their village where one of their main ways to make money is making their own wool into yarn and knitting slippers.
This business has been at time isolating... feeling like there is unending work. But when we hear the stories of the women we are helping, and make real connections with them, it makes it all worth it. . . This pair of slippers is on sale now on our Etsy page. See link in profile.
Hope you are able to rest and put your feet up a little this Sunday!
We have recently started working with a knitter in the historic town of Sheki. Her name is Heyran and her mother passed down the skill of knitting to her as a child. Now her mom encourages her in this craft and gives her pointers. Heyran has been trying to feed her 2 kids on her husband’s teacher salary and was very happy to boost the family budget with knitting.
Cute socks for a cute baby!
Comfortable. Classic. Empowering. . . . Thanks to @yobelmarket for the great picture! You can find our socks and lots of other great empowering items there.
We have recently restocked our Etsy page! Check it out in the link in the profile.
After the holiday break are you ready to hang up your cozy slippers and go back to school and work?
G R E A T P R O D U C T S . E T H I C A L P R O D U C T I O N. @dinadinepal #handmade #nepal #kathmandu #ethicalfashion #beatiful #kaunista #eettinen #lamode #staywarm #buyfair #supportlocal #globalcitizen #awareness #products #fashionsense #knowyourknitter #lavieestbelle
Our ladies are FAST!
First blog post up about the first business I visited in Nepal! Go check out @dinadinepal . . . #dinadi #knowyourknitter #nepal #handmade #fairtradefashion #fairtrade #ethicalfashion #integrity #dignifiedjobs #buyfairtrade #somebodymadethis #businessmodel #supporthandmade
Can’t wait for you all to open your presents! Send a picture of yourself wearing your new (or not new!) socks this Christmas.
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Slippers of one of our knitters. It’s like the ‘starving baker’ phenomena where the knitters themselves always seem to be the last to have slippers knit for themselves, so they sew on patches and keep wearing them.
Love how our ornaments look on this tree @abatinaboutique
Some of the patterns for our socks are influenced by nearby countries. This pattern comes from Turkmenistan where they make similar kinds of slippers but usually with plastic-like yarn instead of wool blends.
So cute they can be used as decoration!
These yummy pastries are called ‘gogal’ typically made with layers and layers of rolled-out dough and salty tumeric-filled filling. Seems like the more effort there is in the preparation, the more delicious it is!
By far our most popular item this year and we didn’t make enough because we’re all sold out! If you missed them and want some before Chistmas they can be found at @myamericannomad @folkartbaku @theopensuitcasestore @boughtbeautifully
So many colors and patterns! These beautiful slipper socks available at one of our partners @myamericannomad Order online today.
According to the United Nations: "When women work, they invest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared with 35 percent for men." Pic from @visionsofazerbaijan @thomas_c_marsden
What is your favorite time of the year? We love fall! Warm drinks, cozy socks, crunchy leaves, pomegranates, persimmons, and pumpkins.
Love my new mittens from Dinadi Nepal. 🇳🇵 Made by a lady called Yaya. I really appreciate the handiwork and the originality of these mittens and that they're not mass produced. These are the types of companies I'd like to support and give my money to. Keep up the great work! #knowyourknitter
Meet Qizbes. Her name literally translates as ‘enough girls’. She was the 4th girl in her family. In Azerbaijan, boys are generally more desired because they stay with the family. Girls leave and become a part of another family. #knowyourknitter Pic credit @visionsofazerbaijan @thomas_c_marsden