As Ama Chronicles is shaped and grows, we form partnerships with textile weavers, mills, and other brands who hold the same core values - sustainability and earth conscious production.
Kerry Woollen Mills was established in 1760 and is situated on Ireland's Atlantic coast, located by the river Gweestin. Established to alleviate local poverty and built in a way to utilize the surrounding resources, the river is harnessed to produce electricity and the water is used in dying and scouring wool processes. The mill is one of two mills left in the country which have vertical production. On site (and in some of the 300 year old buildings!) the wool is dyed, blended, carded, and spun into yarns.
The mill continues under fourth generation family ownership by Andrew and Yvonne Eadie. You will often times find both (or one of them) running around the mill, along with mill pup sun bathing and welcoming visitors.
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Siempre Viva works directly with artisans in different indigenous areas of Mexico including Suchitlan, Colima, Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Their goal is to create economic opportunity within rural areas while preserving ancient traditions that have been passed down for centuries. Siempre Viva artisans are paid directly to ensure fair pay and working conditions and also provides business mentoring to women who are able to start their own businesses. By empowering women through employment opportunities, Siempre Viva provides them with a realistic and sustainable way to lift their families out of poverty.
Sally spent much of her teen years living in Mexico and absorbing every element of the culture. The people of Mexico opened her eyes to a world that she had never seen before, they taught her how to truly appreciate life. Since then, she has always been looking for way to give back to a place that has given so much to her. Combining her love for fashion, travel and culture, Siempre Viva was born.
The Koguí tribe live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains - viewed as the heart of the world. They are the most complete surviving civilization of pre-Colombian America and have lived in seclusion for more than 500 years. The Koguí live for one reason, to care for the world. With the belief of Aluna, the Great Mother, who is the force behind nature, a source of cosmic consciousness has laid the foundations of the Koguí beliefs and way of life. Being highly attuned to nature, the earth is revered as a living body, believing if you harm one part of the earth, you do damage to the whole body, with the world naturally existing in perfectly balanced opposites.
The women of the Koguí weave traditional bags worn by both men and women made from fique. A ceremony marking the transformation from girl to women is when the women receive their needle made from the horn of a deer. From the time it takes to harvest the meat from the plant and dry, prepare, and naturally dye the fibers, each bag takes one month to make and is made with a single needle. The bag is woven in a circular manner representing the way in which the universe moves with the spirit of the bag residing in the finished of the weaving.