The Wash Kit
Fair Trade Wool Dryer Balls
Wool Dryer Balls From Kyrgyzstan
The Wash Kit

The Wash Kit

$ 20.00

Crafted from 100% natural sheep’s wool, our handmade, eco-friendly dryer balls reduce drying time and eliminate wrinkles while reducing static. This natural alternative to synthetic fabric softeners leaves clothes silky and supple without harsh chemicals. Comes with 3 dryer balls and an organic cotton bag for storage, along with a handy upcycled container to keep your laundry room organized!

THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT

Artisan Organization: Altyn Kol Woman's Cooperative

Country: Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan, wool is a way of life. Each summer, high school teacher Mairam Omurzakova and her family tap their nomadic roots, migrating to the mountains where traditional felt carpets called shyrdaks keep them warm. Most women of the region know how to make shyrdaks and, according to Mairam, a master of the craft, the act of making is therapeutic. In 1995, in response to dire economic straits spurred by the collapse of the Soviet Union, she helped found the Altyn Kol Women’s Cooperative.

The cooperative is based on a life-changing idea brought to Mairam by visiting development workers--that the wool-craft of her community had monetary value. Today, the cooperative employs over 1,000 craftswomen and serves as one of a few sources of cash income available to the region’s remote farming and shepherding villages. As if soft laundry didn’t already feel good!

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