• By Matthildur Online


Alpacas, curious and aloof, mean a great deal to the Andean people. As the national symbol of Peru, these camelids are deeply intertwined with the millenary cultures that have inhabited these lands. The yarn produced with their fiber has contributed to the cultivation of Pre-Columbian civilizations. So much of what we know about our ancestors is because of the tapestry and cloths woven out of the alpaca fibers as our history is forever preserved in shapes and colors in the textile language.

Nowadays, the quality of every fiber produced byAlpacas is known internationally for it durability and softness. What is less acknowledge though is the impact that these animals have on the communities and how the approach to breeding them is more sustainable. An alpaca's hoofs are less harmful to the soil that of sheep and goats. The variety of natural colors found in their wool is 8 times more superior than wool which allows for the increasing possibility of eliminating the dyeing process to make a thread of yarn. It is why it is fair to say that Alpaca has never stopped being a lifestyle to some and hopefully many more in the future.

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