About the organization
Knitting Expedition was started by two avid knitters, Candy Reyes-Alipio and Aurora Mangubat-Suarez. They are a social enterprise that crafts quirky toys, handmade home accessories and woolly warmers which are hand knit by mamas who tend the rice terraces in the Ifugao region.
They are continuing what had initially begun as Ricefield Collective, started by Meredith Talusan and Anna Maltz who wanted to find way to sustain the way of life of farmers who tend to the rice terraces in the Philippines. They taught a group of women how to knit and initially they knit hats, cowls, scarves and other high quality accessories. Because of sustainability issues, Ricefield Collective ceased operations in September 2014.
The Knitting Expedition is now continuing the work to provide supplementary income for the women who maintain rice terraces in Uhaj, Ifugao - to allow them to stay on their ancestral lands and not have to find work somewhere else. The rice terraces are an awe-inspiring legacy of their town and of the Philippines, and have provided sustenance for generations of their families.
Knitting Expedition is a brand that signifies the journey of knitters and the distance that the hand-knit products have to travel to make it to your homes.
Retail & Ecommerce
Fair Trade, Filipino handcrafts, Parenting Products
What makes it a social enterprise?
Knitting between planting and harvest sessions in Uhaj allows the mothers/Rice farmers to earn an extra income while allowing them to stay on their ancestral lands and continue their culture/tradition of Rice Terrace farming that is quite unique to their region in the Philippines.
What is its social cause?Employment development & skills training, Poverty eradication
Who does it impact?Rural Communities, Aboriginal / Indigenous groups, Women
Resources to learn more about Knitting Expedition
[Inquirer] Knitting, earning Expedition
[Smart Parenting] Meet Lola, Luc, Lily, Penny and Presley, the Knitting Expedition Monsters