I was recently contacted by London-based Nyoki Handmade Crochet, which allowed me to get to know about this handcrafted business and the crochet that they make. What I loved immediately was the simple beauty of the work, which you can tell is crafted with care but not overworked. There was also something of a twist to the pieces that I couldn’t pinpoint at first but after further investigation I realized that what I was loving was the contrasts that come through in small, subtle ways with this business.
About Nyoki Handmade
The contrasts aren’t easy to see but they are there in the story of this business.
- The story of a mother and a daughter working together.
- The story of products designed in London but born from learning to crochet in Kosovo.
- The story of products made today in both the UK and Kosovo.
- The story of modern designs hand crafted using traditional methods and techniques.
- The story of today’s eco-friendly green principles applied to items with a nostalgic feel from yesterday.
Nyoki Handmade: Fair Trade Crochet
I’ve come to use the term fair trade crochet a lot. What I mean by this is that businesses in first world countries pay fair wages to artisans in developing nations for their crochet works. Nyoki Handmade falls into this category. They say on their website:
“Nyoki works closely with job creation programs in Kosovo, giving female survivors of the Kosovo war the confidence and the financial means to support themselves and their families. When you buy one of our products, you are helping to rebuild their lives.”
5 Yarns; Green Practices
I was really intrigued to learn about the reasons that Nyoki Handmade chose the eco-friendly yarns they did:
- Organic Cotton. Pure pesticide-free cotton that doesn’t aggravate allergies.
- Cotton. They say, “Its beauty and natural comfort make the world a better place. It’s often the first fiber we touch when we are born into the world.”
- Bamboo. A lightweight, breatheable, antibacterial fiber that is soft against the skin.
- Merino Wool. They explain that it, “feels like silk, is hardwearing, is lightweight and it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.” I’d agree!
- Kid Mohair with Silk. They share, “Mohair is luxuriously soft with a characteristic fluffiness, is light and has the lovely, slight luster of kid mohair. The silk shines through a halo of translucent mohair, giving anything amazing definition and drape.”
Some Select Crochet Products
Nyoki Handmade has a lot of items to check out including lots of beautiful handknits so I’d encourage you to peruse the whole site, but here are some select crochet items I happened to like right off the bat: