Project - Peru - Fair Trade - Alpaca Fleece - Ancient Weaving

Peruvian ladies in traditional clothing sit outside making yarn

The indigenous weavers have long used the fleece from the alpaca that inhabits the high plateaus. For generations, the women have wrapped themselves and their babies in hand loomed shawls and frazadas created from this precious fiber. We are working directly with weavers from the sacred valley high in the Andes to the high altitudes of Puno and Lake Titicaca at some 4000m.

Alpacas are indigenous to the Peruvian highlands are bred at altitudes ranging from 3500 to over 4500 meters above sea level. The alpaca is soft and durable and has unique thermal properties. They have been prized since pre-Incan times for the high quality of their hair.

Frazadas play an important role in the Andean region of Peru. They can take up to 1 month or more to make and traditionally these blankets were woven to celebrate the birth of a child or the marriage of a daughter. The colors and weaving style typically represented the person the blanket was made for. They carry the stories, history and symbolism of the indigenous peoples of Peru and tell the tales of the community and women who have made them. They and have been passed through the generations and are multi-functional from rugs, wall hangings to blankets.

We are working with women’s co-operative’s supporting fair trade, authentic traditional craftsmanship of the ancient weaving traditions of the Andes.