We are a cooperative of aymara textile artisans who belong to the Chilean-Andean territory of Arica and Parinacota.
Our cooperative was named from de aymara Word AYNI, which, within the Andean thought, means the relationship between those who make up a community, and the entire universe.
For our aymara culture, each action has a correspondence, which means that every act achieves its meaning and purpose when when it’s reciprocally complemented by another. In this manner all the members of the community collaborate in mantain the balance we need to live in harmony with the Pachamama, we promote mutual community care, respect for our cosmic order, and physical and material support in all the activities we perform as community. To live in AYNI ensures the sustainability of relationships and strengthens the union of community links, not to seek personal reward, but as a manifestation of collective gratitude, in a sense of constant reciprocity. For this reason, we recognize ourselves as a space for nourishment and protection for creation, memory, innovation and local identity from this part of the world.
We have a unique textile heritage with a long tradition, which, nourish by our ancestors for hundreds of years, gave origin to a complex and fascinating visual language; a way of cultural expression and an identity constructor. As Aymara textile artisans we belong to that history, and today we also reflect our mixture, respectful and careful for the pieces that for centuries represent and bear witness to our culture, our community organization and our rituality; for this reason, we work under two creative paths, on the one hand, traditional Andean textiles, and on the other, a line of contemporary textile art inspired by our Andean history.
We create clothing and accessories for women, men and children, as well as home textile objects, selling our pieces both nationally and internationally. All of our work is handmade, incorporating our own traditional textile techniques with noble textile fibers from the territory we inhabit.