Oneonone – the tradition of knit
Text Giacomo Andrea Minazzi
«If you do not do it from the bottom of your heart, you cannot create this kind of artwork. It is an art: we do not work as a factory, but as a community. Women who work with us have the freedom to choose how much time to spend on sweaters, some of them have children, husbands, elderly parents to look after. They knitted as a hobby and together with us they could transform this hobby into a job».
Changing means taking risks, to do so we need someone who believes in people and ideas. The Greek crisis in 2012 left little room for risk – many companies closed, many shops were emptied. We must put all our strength and take the risk to make a change in life. Oneonone means uniqueness, individuality, handicraft: one by one, one of a kind, one of us, one and only.
We often talk about resilience – becoming stronger after a trauma, because of a trauma – and this is perhaps what happened to Aris Rakas, in Greece, when, in the heart of the crisis, he decided to give life to a brand of handmade sweaters. The brand was born from an almost casual meeting with two women, they were knitting together – they did it as a hobby, to give gifts to friends, to sell them to each other. From these two, today there are more than a hundred women, scattered throughout Greece, who make Oneonone sweaters. In Athens, eight expert knitters are in charge of training the younger ones, so that they can learn this ancient art in the best possible way. It is not a traditional school, it is a «relaxed place where they come, meet, take coffee and biscuits, exchange ideas and learn to knit, but there are also homework!»
«In Greece there are many women who know how to knit, their mothers have taught them and their grandmothers before them. It is a tradition of our country: the machines will never be able to do what these women can do!» The sweaters handmade by Oneoneone’s women are made with the finest yarns and juxtapositions of the most expert and original colors. It is a know how that cannot be invented, it is handed down.