All raw materials are carefully selected. AWAI works with fibers that are produced with a low impact on the environment. Our goal is to produce high-quality accessories with a timeless design that is made to last. That is why each hat has two or three interchangeable pieces that allow versatility. The fibers we use are all naturally dyed based on plants, flowers, and minerals from the Andean areas.
We work with producers respecting their manual production patterns, preserving their traditions, and collaborating to improve their quality of life, which amicably addresses the cultural manifestations that make up the Andean aesthetic universe, such as weaving and goldsmithing through its products, with an ecological and social awareness through the use of materials natural which are worked and transformed with ancestral techniques, as well as fair trade relationships with its collaborating artisans. The mainline of AWAI is hats, a fundamental accessory in the clothing of the people of the Andes.
Our collaborators are from different communities and areas of Cusco, such as the local districts of Ocongate, Pisaq, Paucartambo, Chinchero, and Pomacanchi. We also work with producers in Lima, Arequipa, and Ayacucho; each one with a different style of production, composition of colors and figures that represent its own cultural legacy.
- Material: Natural Felt
- Accessories: Watana woven with natural dyed sheep wool, Necklace with triangle details in copper, zinc and nickel alloy and Ancient coin from Peru
This item will be made when you place your order. You will receive something handcrafted especially for you. And you won’t be adding to a mass production process that inevitably harms the planet. Please allow up to 7 business days for production. We promise it's worth the wait. Want more customization? This item can be personalized. Ask us how
Products are made with high-quality, natural materials. Each piece is made and dyed 100% by hand by artisans and can take several days to complete. Since the materials we use to develop them are natural, they can have a variety of characteristics that are intrinsic to the material. For this reason, we cannot promise absolute perfection and none of our products are completely identical. We like to think that this increases the authenticity and character of each piece
- Made in Peru
- Color: Vicuña
- Natural Felt fiber
- 100% Handmade
- Timeless piece
- Small: 54-55 cm
- Medium: 56-57 cm
- Large: 58-59 cm
- Extra Large: 60-61 cm
The Social Pillar
Equal Hands partners with artisans and organizations in underserved communities around the world to provide a dignified income and opportunities for talented makers. We also donate a portion of the purchase price to local charitable causes we support.
The Environment Pillar
We are very aware of the negative impact fast fashion and mass production has had on the environment. This awareness has led us to work towards offering the most environmentally sustainable and natural products that we can find.
The Economic Pillar
We strongly believe that empowered individuals hold the ability to break the cycle of poverty and that in particular, women need to be connected to opportunities so that communities can thrive.
All products are carefully selected. AWAI works with fibers that are produced with low impact on the environment. Our goal is to produce high-quality accessories with a timeless design that are made to last. That is why each hat has two or three interchangeable pieces that allow versatility. The fibers we use are all naturally dyed based on plants, flowers and minerals from the Andean areas. The textiles are fabrics with artistic quality and traditional design. They are made with indigenous techniques that evoke the Andean worldview. The yarn process of twisting the wool that is carried out several times to achieve the required resistance. The process is traditional and it's natural inputs. The Goldsmith is a precious metal forging work. It is done by hand and following traditional techniques. The workshop is located in the center of the city of Cusco. Here is where each of the pieces of jewlery that form part of the complementary accessories for our hats are designed on paper and then produced by fire. It is also where the AWAI hats are finally and carefully assembled. .Explore
Monica Phromsavanh Hand