Nido is an argentinian brand, established in Buenos Aires. Founded in 2012 by Julieta Racket, the brand started out with a small collection of accessories and since then has expanded to include a full range of knitwear. In 2014 they launched Telar, a home line of blankets, rugs and cushions hand woven on loom. In 2016 they inaugurated a small school of textile trades.
The quality of the carefully selected materials and respect to the entire production process are their core values. Nido items are made with craftsman dedication. Each piece is hand knitted with 100% sheep wool from Argentina -hand spun and hand dyed- produced in small batches, with close attention to details.
Wool is a natural and noble material with very valuable qualities which just needs a few steps to suit our body and fulfill a need as basic as warming us up. So, the main property of their items is that they are made of wool, and value lies in the simple and natural way in which its handled, from the sheep to the finished piece, without any extras because they believe it is not necessary. For this reason they choose to work in the traditional way, with the tools and knowledge that local women have inherited from their grandmothers. As a result of this artisanal process, every Nido garment will be imperfect, special and unique because it is handmade from beginning to end.
The wool they use to create their garments is from Merino and Corriedale sheep, llama and goat mohair. Shearing is done twice a year. Wool fibers are classified by length and thickness, and then washed. Once clean, wool is untangled and stretched forming a thin continuous layer. This fleece is spun by hand using treadle spinning wheels by spinners from the provinces of Tucumán. After it is spun, they dye the wool by hand with colors obtained from natural products or anilines, always taking environmental protection into account. Then, a group of women knitters from Buenos Aires knits by hand and create each piece of Nido with care and close attention. Nido is proud to work with women from their country, who have learnt the craft and know the technique and its secrets better than anyone.