December 1, 2016
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Anna from INTI found me through Dutch writers’ collective Woordkunstenaars. She and her husband lead a great company called INTI Knitwear, giving local South-American women a job and a way to spend their time in the mountains of Ecuador. As INTI sells knitwear but also tells stories in their magazines, Anna asked me to write two separate pieces. One about their 25 anniversary, one about the lives of their knitters. A keen traveller, I loved diving into the adventurous and warm mindsets of both Anna and Leon and the Ecuadorian women workers. The two articles featured into their Winter ’18/’19 magazine – both online and in print.
Then – a year later, Anna called me again to talk alpacas, jokey women and communities filled with love. Who writes stories for a small company as beautiful as INTI? I do. Grateful.
The INTI work place in Ecuador proudly works with a big team of loyal craftswomen. Together with designer Anna, these driven ‘lead-knitters’ discuss the process, from pattern to button type. Then, instructions are passed on to their more than 700 local knitters, who work from home. One of these knitting women will craft your INTI garment by hand, with the utmost care and precision. We provide a tag with the name of your knitter and the production number of the – sometimes limited – item. So, who are these skilled ladies?
Our factory is located opposite a volcano – when it’s sunny, it’s hot in town! Still, the local women prefer to wear their alpaca woollen sweaters on a daily basis, rain or sun. They work from the little villages in the region, wandering through the streets, always knitting. The men in their lives aren’t around much – they work in the big cities and only come home on the weekend. Social life in the small north-Ecuadorian town consists of knitting, calling, knitting, walking, calling, knitting, eating, knitting, laughing.
Browse through some good knitwear at INTI.