The Alpaca

Alpacas are members of the camelid family and are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of southern Peru, Alpaca fibre is produced in around de 15 natural shades.

Treasured by the ancient Inca civilization, fine cloth could be used as both a tax and currency and the very best textiles became amongst the most prized of all possessions, even more precious than gold or silver. Inca weavers were technically the most accomplished the Americas had ever seen.

The principal equipment was the backstrap loom for smaller pieces and either the horizontal single-heddle loom or vertical loom with four poles for larger pieces, such as rugs and blankets.

Alpaca is a soft, silky and durable fibre with unique thermal properties due to microscopic air bubbles found inside the hair. These bubbles allow the user to “breathe” through the fibres on hot days and in much the same way, to retain body heat in cold climates.

We have the mission of continuing the Peruvian textile tradition crafting alpaca accessories and using our millenary experience combined with technology.