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Make Yourself Happy! 2,000 stitches & 12 hours of work. Infused with Inca prayers. 5 yr guarantee.  Free repairs.  $20 buyback program.
Make Yourself Happy! 2,000 stitches & 12 hours of work. Infused with Inca prayers. 5 yr guarantee.  Free repairs.  $20 buyback program.
Make Yourself Happy! 2,000 stitches & 12 hours of work. Infused with Inca prayers. 5 yr guarantee. Free repairs. $20 buyback program.
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KUSIKUY: #1best, hand knit, Fair Trade, alpaca text gloves.

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Escape from chaos to the opulent times of Inca Kings, the mysticism of shamans and the silkiest, smoothest alpaca fleece ever...

To a time when tribes united and worked together, creating the finest textiles and art in the world.

KUSIKUY wants to bring this world back to you.

 Building on the heritage of Andean art and our 18 years of experience working in Bolivia, we created the world’s finest glitten, a glove/mitten, hand stitched from the king’s alpaca, that custom forms to your hand and is guaranteed for 5 years.  Each glitten takes 12 hours and 2,000 stitches to make by hand with knitting needles, love and blessings. 

 KUSIKUY (pronounced koo-see'-kwee) means "Make yourself happy" in Quechua, the native language of the women who handknit these timeless treasures.  We like to say, "back KUSIKUY and make yourself happy!"

  KUSIKUY's 5 year commitment:
                     ... the World's Best Glitten

This is the world’s best mitten and glove. We call it a glitten.   Glove + mitten = glitten.  It makes for easy texting and living.   You never need to take them off so you don’t lose them.
This is the world’s best mitten and glove. We call it a glitten. Glove + mitten = glitten. It makes for easy texting and living. You never need to take them off so you don’t lose them.

Here's how they work

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 Don't be left out

Only 800 glittens will be knit this season. When they are gone, there are no more. Pre-order now to guarantee your pair - for the next 5 years! 

And while you're at it, grab some pairs for loved ones too. Or stock your shelves if you have a store.  We'll help you share the love by giving you 50% off bulk buys of glittens by the dozen.  

3 great women's styles.  Guarantee and buy back for all!
3 great women's styles. Guarantee and buy back for all!

 We use the world’s finest 100% alpaca fiber and work with Bolivia’s most elite knitters who sign each glove they knit and send a blessing card.  
...In Bolivia we call this the Ch’alla!

Plus 3 women's arm sock styles...
Plus 3 women's arm sock styles...

KUSIKUY gloves are designed for maximum dexterity and warmth. Wear them all day. Fall in love with our arm sock version.

Designed by men, for men (but can be enjoyed by women too!).

This is what makes KUSIKUY so awesome.
This is what makes KUSIKUY so awesome.

 Best Practices in Sustainability

KUSIKUY is setting new standards for transparency, respect, slow fashion and spiritual connection through handmade clothing.

Most amazing of all, we build relationships between customers and producers – using social media platforms on smart phones to enable direct communication, setting new standards in transparent and sustainable fashion. We have known KUSIKY knitters for 18 years.  
This relationship has changed our lives.  We want to share this with you.

 5 Year Guarantee - Free Mending

Like fine wine, KUSIKUY glittens get better with age. They form to the shape of your hand, getting thicker and cozier with wear, memories and good times shared. Each alpaca glitten comes with the KUSIKUY 5 year guarantee and free mending service.
Like fine wine, KUSIKUY glittens get better with age. They form to the shape of your hand, getting thicker and cozier with wear, memories and good times shared. Each alpaca glitten comes with the KUSIKUY 5 year guarantee and free mending service.

Alpaca: the Best for You

A Personal Connection

Each glitten is hand knit by a single artisan who shares her story, life and dreams with you. With needle knitting we get better quality work, more intricate designs and colors.
Each glitten is hand knit by a single artisan who shares her story, life and dreams with you. With needle knitting we get better quality work, more intricate designs and colors.

Upcycle for Orphans - KUSIKUY Buy-Back

When you are done with your KUSIKUY glittens, sell them back to us for $20 credit towards your next pair.  We will recycle them into sweaters and blankets for children at the Claudina Thevenent Orphanage in Bolivia.
When you are done with your KUSIKUY glittens, sell them back to us for $20 credit towards your next pair. We will recycle them into sweaters and blankets for children at the Claudina Thevenent Orphanage in Bolivia.

Greetings from Tamara

Tamara (left) has grown KUSIKUY to be a leader in slow fashion.  Since 1996 she has worked with NYC designers and Bolivian knitters such as Emilia Laime (right) to bring the opulence, luxury and magic of Bolivia to you.
Tamara (left) has grown KUSIKUY to be a leader in slow fashion. Since 1996 she has worked with NYC designers and Bolivian knitters such as Emilia Laime (right) to bring the opulence, luxury and magic of Bolivia to you.

Read all about it.

We are re-launching KUSIKUY after 7 years spent knitting runway fashions for NYC’s top designers.  During this time, Tamara also earned a doctorate in economics, published a book, and became a professor of sustainable development.
We are re-launching KUSIKUY after 7 years spent knitting runway fashions for NYC’s top designers. During this time, Tamara also earned a doctorate in economics, published a book, and became a professor of sustainable development.

Make Yourself Happy

KUSIKUY means “Make yourself happy” in the knitters’ native language of Quechua.
KUSIKUY means “Make yourself happy” in the knitters’ native language of Quechua.

KUSIKUY is a Fair Trade company that works directly with Bolivian alpaca herder cooperatives, and knitting groups – hundreds of people we know personally and have had a long relationship with. I look to build best practices in sustainable development while bringing dignity and respect to their lives and the wonder, love and prayers of the Andes to the lives of our KUSIKUY clients. Thank you!

OUR GIFTS: 

Handmade alpaca doll ($10) and hand embroidered card ($20).
Handmade alpaca doll ($10) and hand embroidered card ($20).

 

Custom hand knit alpaca sweater of your choice ($450).
Custom hand knit alpaca sweater of your choice ($450).

 

Custom sweaters choose from 60 colors and 16 natural shades of pure, super fine. alpaca yarn.
Custom sweaters choose from 60 colors and 16 natural shades of pure, super fine. alpaca yarn.

 

The world's best knit glove ($45 - $120) plus 50% off, bulk discounts.
The world's best knit glove ($45 - $120) plus 50% off, bulk discounts.

 

Personalized Bolivia Visit
Personalized Bolivia Visit

 

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 What we need Kickstarter for: 

             

We already have strong relationships with the best Bolivian producers and herders having worked with over 300 women in the Andes for the past 18 years, but we need help with this new phase of KUSIKUY.  We will use funds raised to pay for this year's inventory production, customer outreach and education, and the creation of an extended line of lusciously amazing accessories and sweaters for Fall 2017.

 

Risks and challenges

Risks: Lack of sales. This is our largest risk. We believe in KUSIKUY and the amazing knitters. We invested our own money and 7 years of development engaging NYC designers and Bolivia's top knitters. Many times we traveled to Bolivia to oversee and document our production and sampling. Now we are ready! The glittens are perfect. We just need additional funding to purchase inventory and support sales.

Challenge: Sharing the love. While a $100 glove may be a surprise to some people, at just $20 a year, it's a minimal investment into something truly sustainable, beautiful and purposeful that respects our resources and makes a difference in your life the the lives of others.

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    Be a KUSIKUY "Padrinito"

    Get in on the ground floor to help re-launch KUSIKUY, one stitch at a time. Join our team as a "padrinito" (little benefactor) with the option of having your name listed on our Page of Thanks (gracias!) on the KUSIKUY website.

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    Alpaca Desktop Figurine

    Handmade alpaca doll with flexible wire body and hand wrapped alpaca wool body.

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    Hand Embroidered Alpaca Card

    Besides knitting, some KUSIKUY women also embroider. Hand embroidered cards are 4"x5" and come with an envelope and 2 pages inside for writing.

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    World's Best Glitten

    SAMPLE SALE!
    - We have these prototypes made and ready to go!
    - One pair of carefully hand-knit glittens made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - $45 in savings for our first 55 retail customers ($90 retail value).
    - Mid-weight men's sized glittens (glove/mittens) are great for light fall activities: driving, outdoor play, hiking and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose between: Grey with design or solid tan, olive, or slate
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla

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    Author Signed Fair Trade Book

    Get a behind the scenes look at the impact of Fair Trade on Bolivia's women knitters and coffee farmers. Features 4 years of research by KUSIKUY Founder Tamara Stenn. Learn how leadership and management skills became more important than income for some women and what it took to be woman a leader in an Andean nation. Each chapter is followed with critical thought questions and an applied learning activity. Personal, insightful and important.
    Hardcover copy signed by the author.
    262 pages.

    REVIEWS
    "Fair Trade is one of those phrases every western coffee drinker has at least heard from time to time; here's a serious examination of what those words really mean!" - Bill McKibben, author, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

    "Tamara Stenn has brought the concept of Fair Trade down to earth in this readable and insightful volume. Her work in Bolivia, her compassion and hard-nosed business sense combine well with the desire and ability of her Bolivian partners to create a real picture of why Fair Trade matters." - Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, USA

    MORE INFO
    http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137335272#aboutBook

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    World's Best Men's Glitten

    - One pair of carefully hand-knit double-weight glittens made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight men's sized glittens (glove/mittens) are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose between: Grey with design or solid tan, olive, or slate
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla
    -FREE US shipping

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    World's Best Women's Glitten

    - One pair of carefully hand-knit double-weight glittens made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight men's sized glittens (glove/mittens) are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose 3 lively, colorful designs: Montana, Titicaca, Andean Sunrise
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla
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    World's Best Women's Arm Sock

    - One pair of carefully hand-knit double-weight glitten arm socks made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Generous 10" sock length. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight women's sized glittens (glove/mittens) with an are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose 3 lively, colorful designs: Montana, Titicaca, Andean Sunrise
    - Covered or fingerless options
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla
    - FREE US shipping

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    Custom handknit alpaca sweater

    Custom hand knit 100% alpaca sweater. Choose from our own selection of contemporary designs and over 85 colors, or work with us to design your own. We will work with your measurements and custom hand stitch (with knitting needles) the sweater to your exact dimensions. You will receive an online introduction to the knitter and see photos of her creating your sweater.

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    World's Best Women's Glitten: Dozen

    - Cheaper by the dozen!
    - 50% off with Bulk Discount Savings (wholesale pricing). Save $594!
    - Finish your holiday shopping early! Stock your store shelves!
    - Twelve pairs of carefully carefully hand-knit double-weight glittens made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight women's sized glittens (glove/mittens) are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose 3 lively, colorful designs: Montana, Titicaca, Andean Sunrise
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla

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    Multi-Pack: Best Men's Glitten, 1 Doz.

    - Cheaper by the dozen!
    - 50% off with Bulk Discount Savings (wholesale pricing). Save $594!
    - Finish your holiday shopping early! Stock yoru store shelves!
    - Twelve pairs of carefully hand-knit double-weight glittens made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight Large (men) sized glittens (glove/mittens) are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose between: Grey with design or solid tan, olive, or slate
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla

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    Multi-Pack: The Best Arm Sock: 1 Dozen

    - Cheaper by the dozen!
    - 50% off with Bulk Discount Savings (wholesale pricing). Save $720!
    - Finish your holiday shopping early!
    - Twelve dozen carefully hand-knit double-weight glitten arm socks made by Bolivia's elite artisans using the finest alpaca fiber of Inca kings and Andean blessings. Generous 10" sock length. Developed to perfection over the past 7 years, each pair takes more than 12 hours to make with 2,000 stitches and a 5 year promise.
    - Double-weight women's sized glittens (glove/mittens) with an are great all winter long: driving, outdoor play, commuting and texting. Over time, gloves custom form to one's hand.
    - Choose 3 lively, colorful designs: Montana, Titicaca, Andean Sunrise
    - Covered or fingerless options
    - Hypoallergenic. Machine washable. Fair Trade. Hand carved coco button.
    - Blessed with a ch’alla

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    6-day Bolivia Tour - all inclusive!

    Meet the KUSIKUY knitters and herders. Experience the mystique and magic of Bolivia. Travel with KUSIKUY founder, Tamara Stenn, as she introduces you to the amazing alpaca knitters and herders she has worked with for 18 years. Fall in love with the beauty and blessings of this amazing land. All inclusive: lodging, travel, food (does not include airfare to Bolivia). Tour in English and Spanish.
    Exact tour dates (flexible): Jan. 8 - 14, 2017

    ITINERARY (this can be customized according to your interests...)
    The adventure starts in La Paz (Day 1) at a comfortable lodging in La Paz's ancient historic district.
    Day 2: Visit alpaca herders at Tiahuanacu the great pre-Incan capital city. Explore ancient ruins.
    Day 3: Welcoming ceremony at sacred Capacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet shamans for a personal blessing.
    Day 4: Travel by boat across Lake Titicaca to Island of the Sun - the birthplace of humanity. Hike the Island.
    Day 5: Back to La Paz, meet the knitters, take a knitting lesson (optional), enjoy local shopping.
    Day 6: Early morning departure from La Paz airport (or stay longer for your own adventures!)

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