… if hand knitting was the new language of global connection
… if you could change lives by owning and wearing a hand knitted garment
… if you could change lives by engaging us to hand knit your next collection
We change lives in rural villages in Tamil Nadu, India, by educating and employing women to hand knit for fashion brands. We connect makers, brands and consumers through hand knitting
From exacting pattern creation to beautiful products in the hands of customers, we take care of all elements of production and delivery to make quality hand knitted products part of your brand
GLOBAL GOALS AND BIG DREAMS
KOCO works with women in rural Tamil Nadu, India.
We are a sisterhood of artisans with the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development entwined in our DNA.
We are KOCO - KnitOne (garment) ChangeOne (life).
KOCO began with ten women, sitting on the floor of a home in a village.
We have hand knitting hubs in four villages and employ more than 200 women full-time.
In each village, we are breaking economic and education cycles.
The women we employ are gaining financial independence.
Families can afford to educate their sons and daughters.
Children are seeing a shift in gender equality modelled in their family life.
We are a strong business of women producing hand knitted garments for fashion brands and consumers.
We are a business of strong women.
The Outstanding Leadership Awards are about championing leaders across organisations who make diversity, inclusion and kindness part of their day to day culture. Winners to be announced September 4 2020.
Member of Source Ethical Fashion Forum
We are B Corp certified
Member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council
KOCO was named in B Corp's 2019 Best for the World Businesses in their community category. This recognises our commitment to building education and opportunities for our ladies in India
Recognised as a leader in artisan manufacturing in the 2019 Common Objective Awards
Winner of the India Australia Business and Community Awards: Small business of the Year 2017
HAND KNITTING EXPERTS AND BEAUTIFUL STORIES
KOCO attracts talent.
We work with designers and brands to create hand knitted fashions and homewares.
Each handknit is meticulously and personally produced – no machine intervention, no waste, no carbon footprint.
Our handknits have soul.
Each hand knitted item comes with a swing tag featuring the photo of our artisan who made that piece, her signature, and a QR code.
Scan the QR code with a smartphone to read a story from the lady who hand knitted that particular item. The stories show how KOCO is making a difference.
We aim is to enable the person who wears the garment feel the same joy our knitter had in making it.
WE HAND KNIT FOR BRANDS IN
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
Our Smartphone Donor
We are delighted to be able to provide smartphones to our KOCO knitters, due to the generosity of Exemplary Energy Partners and The School of Renovating.
This has massively increased the connectivity and productivity of our ladies and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to them both for their help.