Our Spring Summer 2018 collection was inspired by Quechua, the ancient language spoken throughout the high Andes of Peru and widely known for being the main language of the Inca empire.
The word embroidery of our SS18 garments represent the vitality behind the AYNI woman, expressed through the mystical tone of the Quechua language.
Through our work we seek to empower women, create job opportunities for the vulnerable population in Peru and protect cultural heritage, which includes the Quechua language itself.
AYNI is also Quechua and means “today for you, tomorrow for me”. The word embodies the concepts of cooperation and reciprocity. In the past, it was used between the members of a community, who worked together and helped one another, confident that someday they will receive the same help in return.
Today, AYNI continues to preserve the meaning and values of its name. Our mission is to protect and preserve that language along with the Peruvian pre-ancestral textile traditions.
AYNI is founded on the believe that "empowered women change the world".
The project’s aim was to create textile entrepreneurship as an opportunity for empowerment and for the enhancement of the textile heritage of indigenous women in Lake Titicaca.
This is a very special collection for AYNI and a project we will continue to build and work on through our certification program AYNI CERTIFY.