As its Fairtrade Fortnight I thought I'd use the opportunity to discuss again the gorgeous Kenana Knitters Samba Shelf Cow
. These beautiful little characters are made by a fair trade womens cooperative in Kenya called Kenana Knitters, started in 1998 with the primary objective to help rural women find a much needed form of income. Utilising their amazing spinning and knitting skills, the group buys in home spun wool produced locally, dying it with traditional natural plant colours all of which are grown in their own garden. What makes the group different is their emphasis on enviromentally friendly and ecologically sustainable materials and processes. Their range of products enable them to support the farming community in Kenya and build secure futures for their families.
Part of the charm of these beautiful toys is that each one is unique with different shades of wool (just like a real flock of sheep!) and knitted by different women within the group, giving each one a diiferent character and appeal.
Each animal has their very own label signed by the knitter, adding that personal touch. We also have a lovely collection of finger puppets in too ... each one completely unique and individual.