The crafts of this type teach children about other cultures besides being fun and enhance creativity and visualization skills.
Handicrafts like these can be useful additions to the lessons about other countries or home activities that are educational and fun. A country with abundant crafts is Peru. His long and active history and its present colorful are perfect to capture the attention of children.
These lovely finger puppets are knitted with three sticks by indigenous mothers of the city of Puno who migrated from their rural communities to the city looking for better quality of life for themselves and their family, however, found in the city an imposing place very different from what they believed and where decent work opportunities were few.
Having better access to health and education of their children had to stay in the city to survive until they found in the trade of these fingerpuppets an opportunity to improve their income and work near their children in a safe place.
Each fingerpuppet is as unique as the artist who created it! Some characters are only available in limited quantities and then never made again.
The fingerpuppets are handmade by a number of artist collectives from the rural areas of the Peruvian high-plains. Each of these toys are eco friendly because they are sustainably made. We source ethically, practice fair trade principles and strive to help these artisans extend their products reach.
As descendants of the Incas, these artisans, mostly women, have been working with textiles for generations. Knitting is a proud tradition for the Quechua and Aymara people who still use traditional methods today. Most work from home, or in their spare time, using their passion and skills to create these colorful fingerpuppets which help supplement their family’s income.