Aiayu (pronounced Eye-aye-you) is a small Danish company devoted to creating sustainable knitwear, designed in Copenhagen and woven in the remote highlands of Bolivia. Their ethos is to explore, celebrate and preserve unique craftsmanship and extraordinary materials found around the world.
Meaning “ soul" in the native tongue of the indigenous people in Bolivia, the Aiayu name was carefully picked by the workers, making it even more special.
Using a unique process with llama wool, designed for ultimate softness and durability, Aiayu's manufacturing process takes place 4,000 meters above sea level in El Alto, Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the world and a place from where only few international companies choose to source their manufactured products. This is the origin of the fleece, the weaving and the knitting expertise of the indigenous people of Bolivia.
Using stitches developed in collaboration with the women who knit and represent treasures from the old Bolivian knitting traditions, each piece is made out of the highest quality llama wool, and mostly using natural colour in lieu of dyes makes their products soft and luxurious to touch. Each garment can take up to 7 days to produce, even for the most skilled hand-knitter. Her initials are beautifully stitched into the garment, as a greeting to you from her.
We feel very lucky to stock an extraordinary selection of hand-knitted pieces of Aiayu at Manon bis, all being works of art in their own right.
In the words of Aiayu, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - please enjoy it with us.