Alpaca is a renewable, natural protein fiber that Peruvians have worn for hundreds of years.
This material is sustainable and helps support 70 - 80% of the annual family income in the highlands.
WHAT MAKES ALPACA FIBERS SUSTAINABLE?
It starts with the alpaca!
-Alpacas have a significantly lighter grazing habit, only nibbling the tops of grasses - leaving root systems in tact and undamaged, allowing them to grow back again.
-Their hooves are softly padded which reduces environmental impact.
-Alpaca fibers do not contain grease or lanolin, meaning no harsh chemicals or detergents are required to clean it.
-Alpaca Apparel and Accessories, when taken care of properly, can last a lifetime. Our alpaca garments have greater longevity and reduces the need to continue buying it over and over again.
-Our Alpaca fibers come from the Peruvian highland where they breed and sheer the alpacas in the open range of the mountains.
-In Peru, the shearing process usually occurs between October and December, since the warm temperature and the first rains are favorable for the process. Sheared alpacas are not exposed to the intense cold of winter.
-It is really important to mention that alpacas need to be sheered so they avoid being sick. An alpaca overloaded with its own hair makes this an environment full of parasites, dirt and even weight that presses and deforms its own back.
-Their fibers are then sorted by hand and then yarn is spun for garment making. View our 100% alpaca garments.
THE BENEFITS OF ALPACA
-Alpaca fibers have no lanolin making it hypoallergenic. It is also a warmer, stronger, lighter, softer and longer lasting material compared to other luxury materials in the fashion industry.
-Alpacas support the local Peruvian industry. From breeders to master sorters to spinners and knitters, alpacas have become a vital part of Peruvian culture and help support the local economy. Around 80% of the world's alpaca population live in Peru and the industry surrounding them is an important local business that helps supports as many as 120,000 families.
-By supporting independent weavers in the remote highlands of Peru, we are supporting a trade passed down by generations and the ability for a family to create a livelihood on this craft.
-Although our alpaca garment can last many lifetimes, if it makes its way to a landfill, it is 100% biodegradable. We do not use synthetics like polyester, nylon or other plastic fibers mixed into our garments to allow for an eventual safe and 100% clean return to soil.
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SLOW FASHION MOVEMENT
We are firm believers in the slow fashion movement.
From design to creation we believe in taking the extra time to use
environmentally safe processes to produce luxury and sustainable products.