We Rayin is a joint business endeavor comprised of 10 Pehuenche craftswomen who belong to the Ralco Lepoy community, district of Alto Biobío, who began their activities as an organization in 2017. However, these women have a long tradition in textile production coming from their ancestors, craftswomen who passed down the art through the generations. One of the most authentic symbols of their art is the so-called “little eye,” which signifies the “spirits of nature that observe people from the mountains.” The little eye is a figure used in the textiles as a symbol of protection and is representative of the Pehuenche of Alto Biobío. The textiles also represent symbols valued by the Pehuenche artisan women, such as the araucaria, the copihue, mountains, fish, and others.
Beginning in 2017, these women of WE RAYIN came together with the purpose of creating a collective force that would allow them to reap benefits from their activity and place value on their textile culture and market using fair-trade principles.
The products featured in this organization are small rugs for the bedroom, wool socks, table runners, horse blankets, and paintings. All production is done using sheep wool that is made 100% manually. The dyes are made with raw materials from nature, such as oak, pine nut shell, michay, and lichens from the mountains.
In 2017, the group applied for FOSIS funds and was awarded MCh $5,000 for training activities, implementation of a workshop, and raw materials. Beginning in 2018, the group has been supported by the Fundación Pehuén, which contributes through marketing consulting (brand, packaging, labeling) and the construction of a textile workshop.
Location: District of Alto Biobío/ Ralco Lepoy Community