Sharks have been swimming in Earth’s oceans since before the time of the dinosaurs. In recent years however, they have faced rapid population declines and most shark species are considered in danger of extinction - mostly due to threats from human activities. We hope these handknit toys can help teach kids about these sharks and what we can do to help save them!
The Philippines is home to many shark species, including these! Yes, there have been Great White Shark sightings in the Philippines, the more recent one was in January 2018 in Aurora. Hammerhead Sharks, though seasonal in the Philippines, can consistently be found in Malapascua Island in Cebu and in Cabilao, Bohol. While Donsol is thought to have the largest congregation of Whale Sharks in the world!
Our soft and floppy Whale Shark measures approximately 12 inches long, while the stuffed Great White and Hammerhead are around 16 inches long. Do remember, that each hand knit item is unique and sizes may vary slightly.
Hand knit with love by a mama who also plants rice in the rice terraces (take a look at the P20 bill to see what they look like).
Knitting Expedition was begun as a way to provide supplementary income for the women of Ifugao to maintain the rice terraces. Instead of leaving the region to find better paying jobs, the income from the sales of the products allows them to stay and tend to the rice terraces that are not only an awe-inspiring legacy of their town but also of the Philippines and which has provided sustenance for generations of their families. The brand Knitting Expedition also signifies the journey of founders, Candy and Aueeie, as knitters and the distance that the hand-knit products have to travel to make it to your homes.
*pattern by Amanda Berry