Azerbaijani Socks' vision is to provide fairly paid, flexible employment for women in the rural parts of Azerbaijan, through a craft that has continued for generations, and to provide a cozy, handmade, unique, quality product to sell outside of Azerbaijan. These socks are knit in homes, allowing women to work from home to earn income for their families. Each sock is made with unique colors and designs. These socks are a combination of high quality yarn, hours of labor, and modernized versions of traditional designs.
Teresa Hamlin is the founder of Azerbaijani Socks.
While teaching English in rural Azerbaijan, she found many tourists who were interested in buying the socks worn by the locals, but they were not easy to find, made only for giving in dowries. The women also didn't have access to good quality yarn, or have the capital to be able to buy the yarn and make the socks to sell. A few given as gifts back home in Minnesota proved that they were a product that was loved and Azerbaijani Socks was born.