Yanawara means “Star that comes from far” in aymara language.
Bolivia is a country rich in culture, traditions and hard working people. From The Andes through The Amazon, you would be delighted by its colors, textiles, shapes and stories. The world still doesn’t know what Bolivia has to offer, the beauty, quality and uniqueness of its products and materials are still a secret. We are committed with cultural preservation and environmental intersectionality and are here to share these amazing secrets ethically made by Bolivian artisans.
Our values follow fair labor practices, fair trade & sustainable sourcing, in addition our Mission is to support Bolivian artisan and ethical brands, encourage women leadership & entrepreneurship, innovation & social impact by increasing their potential markets and visibility in the world, where consumers acknowledge their Skills and Savoir Faire and are willing to pay them a fair price positively impacting lives.
Likewise, as the world continues to shift and change, we aim to reduce the gap between the north and the south by providing more opportunities to Bolivian artisans by bringing you beauty and joy trhough our products. It has also become clear that our commitment with our artisan partners is interconnected and necesary to adress environmental justice.
We envision to travel around Bolivia to expand our selection and be inspired to design new products, to serve as a space for future collaborations between our partners and the global industry as an inspiring and impactful collective that works together to build up the artisan industry: the new handworker economy.
Yanawara was built on love, hope and stories. Thank you for supporting us along the way.
Ethically made by Bolivian artisans
Our partners are artisans and and entreprenuers in the artisanal industry where the majority are women and work from their homes or in small workshops, and many have been working in the artisanal sector by generations or have been started as a job alternative that dignifies their lives allowing them to support their families. We are all committed to honoring traditions and sustainability starting with the breeding that involves “mutual breeding” and the ancestral process that involves respect, love and mutual care of animals and people, where the shearing process is a ceremony full of respectf and harm-free.
Miriam in her workshop. Courtesy from Artsol
Continuing with the spinning that still maintains traditional techniques, as well as the use of natural or non-dyed dyes, so that you can enjoy the richness of the natural colors of the fibers, and finally the weaving process, carried out with great care and quality.
With a social mission behind each artisan partner and following fair trade principles in all the production process, we all are committed with the people and the planet before profits. We have a close relationship with our partners and have visited theirs workshops or homes, and thus we guarantee that all products are manufactured ethically, so we are able to provide transparent and real costs to our partners and clients to guarantee fair prices for all parties involved.
Sustainable Development Goals
The SDGs are calls to action to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that develop economic growth and address a variety of social needs, including education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while addressing climate change and the environmental protection.
Accordingly, we want to be part of the change and promote the following objectives aligned in our mission and vision through specific actions and initiatives.
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A special thank you to:
Lorena, Claudia, Yami, Pablo, Tato, and Pedro.
We couldn’t have done this without you.
Pamela and Carlos are friends, family and entrepreneurs who are committed to a positive change.
Pamela is based in New York but she was born and raised in Bolivia where she lived until 2016 and from a young age she had interest to work with communities there. Years later she obtained a MBA and focused her professional development on social innovation where she worked on various projects involving artisans from Bolivia and the world.
From then on, her passion and commitment to the artisan industry guided her to continue her training in Sustainability in the Fashion Industry in the United States and to work & collaborate in organizations and artisan companies until she co-founded Yanawara in 2019.
Based in La Paz, Carlos is a Project Manager with more than 8 years of experience in the design, administration, monitoring and evaluation of projects, both for international cooperation and for private companies.
With a Master in International Management, he participated in the implementation of numerous Inclusive Businesses together with the Dutch Development Cooperation Service, SNV Bolivia. These businesses, which link “anchor” companies to communities at the base of the pyramid, with the objective of generating mutual benefits and profits, allowed him to accumulate experience in the development and support for the sustainability of social enterprises.