What fascinated me most about working with Alpaca yarn, apart from its luxurious feel, is how sustainable it is. Here in Peru, Alpacas are still raised in their natural environment; our supplier Inca Tops monitors their living conditions which are free from suffering. In todays global response to making the fashion industry more transparent and responsible in terms of sustainable practices, it is important to communicate the reasons that eco-friendly is important.
First and foremost the Alpacas have padded feet rather than hard hooves which means they have a reduced hoof ground pressure which prevents the erosion of the fragile mountainside soil. Secondly, Alpacas only eat what they need and they also consume about 1/3 of the amount of food per day as sheep. Alpacas only nibble off the top of plants, which in turn promotes their organic regrowth. And last but not least of all, their hair does not require a chemical acid bath, unlike merino wool, in order to remove the barbs on their hair, which eliminates the toxins which are released in the washing of the raw material.
As the Alpacas are national symbols of Andean culture, I would like to think they are considered a global treasure to the fashion world. Working with Alpaca yarn and fabric in creating our most beautiful and luxurious sweaters and coats bring me joy while allowing my creativity to be appreciated by you the customer.