Rio de la Plata Yarns supports an old Uruguayan tradition of hand spinning of wool by wives of Gauchos (traditional horsemen). Gauchos used and still use hand made wool “Ponchos” for protection of the cold and dirt when guarding sheep. They play an important role in Uruguay’s major source of income which is wool. This noble and harmless industry supplies a major part of the wool in the world.
Uruguay has not changed much of its traditions producing its wool, and Rio de la Plata Yarns is in the heart of this tradition, creating beautiful fibers and bucket dying them. When you buy Rio de La Plata yarn, you are supporting Uruguayan women who work at home and are able to spend time with their children and sometimes even pay for their own college education.