In Cool Earth’s Awajún partnership, a women’s jewellery cooperative has been out-pricing forest destruction. Their creations have even been shown on Vivienne Westwood’s catwalk.
Now the AMARNO group want to share their recipe for success with their contemporaries in other partnerships. In the Asháninka partnership, a group of eleven women currently make jewellery from foraged seeds, along with beautiful cotton cushmas (robes) and bags that they’ve spun themselves.
Seeing the success of AMARNO, they are stepping up a gear to form their own artisans cooperative. Soon, the Awajún women will visit and share what they’ve learnt.
“Spiders are natural weavers”
The Asháninka group, led by Micaela Bustamante Sagastizabal, have decided that they will be called ‘Artesanías JETO’. ‘Jeto’ is the Asháninka word for spider. The women consider spiders to be hardworking creatures that create beautiful webs.