Alpaca is a soft, silky and durable fibre which has remarkable thermal properties. Microscopic bubbles within the hairs allow the user to breathe through the fibres on hot days and, in the same way, retain body heat when it’s cold. A special characteristic of Alpaca fibre is its wide range of natural colours and a multitude of shades which can be obtained through careful blending. This puts Alpaca fibre in a class of its own. For orange, blue and red coloured garments, natural dyes have been used to enhance the colour effect. Knitted by machine.
Each and every product is designed with longevity in mind. Timeless appeal will carry you through many seasons and remain an essential staple in your home.
South America is the only continent home to camelids without a hump. We find the wild kind (guanaco and vicuña ) and the domesticated one (llama and alpaca). Both kinds roam the Andean slopes and high plateau, feeding on the resinous leaves of the few plants that grow at these heights. Guanacos and vicugnas are protected species that live at high altitude. The latter is also bred in semi-captivity to obtain the finest and most precious wool. This valuable fibre has led the vicugna to near extinction. When purchasing this wool, it is important to know it comes from a safe source.
Raw Material and Fiber Refinement
Andean crafts have a strong indigenous influence. Patagonia and the Andean weavers are among the best in the world. Their goods fulfil everyday practical activities and also their artistic manifestations, are given as gifts for the gods and the sacred mountains. Blankets to wrap up their babies, as well as to transport food; ponchos that shelter, provide hierarchy and transmit ethnical ascendancy; decorative sashes and “chupas” to carry coca leaves or as an offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Today we work towards recuperating the traditional crafts and to save the knowledge for future generations.
These natural fibers acquire their colours from the elements provided by the same land that saw them come to life. Flowers, seeds, fruits and tannins provide the necessary colours for the both traditional and fusion designs. The fibers are dyed in trays with hot water to later be drained off and left to dry in the sun. And lastly, they are pressed to eliminate imperfections. As a result, the products respect the unique quality of each fibre: their softness, delicacy and comfort. Natural fibres are an excellent renewable resource, being 100% biodegradable and carbon neutral.
Animaná makes products under the principles of sustainability, respecting the life cycle of the product using a cradle to cradle approach. This approach focuses on avoiding creation of waste and fragmented system of manufacturing and use, but instead enter everything in a regenerating cycle, considering the life cycle of the product not from cradle to grave but from cradle to cradle.
Their long-term commitment, through green manufacturing, is based in the use of natural fibres, ancestral techniques, recycling and ecological use of materials. In this way, they promote sustainable design and care for the environment, making the smallest environmental impact possible. This is a rebirth of an ancient art with more than 5,000 years of history.
The design of each product allows the raw materials to speak for themselves. Animaná believes in recovering their ancestors savoir-faire, while keeping contemporary design aesthetics in mind.
Design type: Cultural | Heritage
Sustainability: Biodegradable eco-friendly materials | Local + ethically sourced materials | Ancestral techniques | Sustainable production methods | Social impact | Cradle to Cradle | animaná is a BCorp certified company
Materials: 100% Baby Alpaca | Natural dyes
Colors: Pink | Orange | Brown | Green | Red | Light Grey | Dark Grey
Dimensions: 180 cm x 130 cm (71 x 51 in)
Origin: Patagonia and the Greater Andean Region – Made in Argentina
Weight: 400 gr
Delivery time: 2-3 weeks
Supplier return policy: 7 days
Technical information: Hand washing is the recommended method for washing this product. It is important to remember that wool products shrink and/or felt (band or mass together) when they undergo temperature changes while wet (i.e. the greater the temperature change and/or agitation, the greater the risk of shrinking and felting). Machine washing is therefore extremely hard on these fibers. For prime hand washing conditions, please follow these instructions:
water temperature should remain cool at a maximum of 86°F (30°C), use only mild neutral soap, do not use chlorine bleach or any other detergent. Drying: remove any excess water carefully, but avoid agitation by twisting and wringing. We do not recommend using a dryer. The best option is to to lay the product on a towel and then allow it to dry naturally in the breeze. Do not use a brush to smooth the fabric. Storing to preserve: it is important to make sure the item is completely dry before storing, and to also ensure it is protected from moths (e.g., store items in cedar chests, plastic ziploc containers, or sealed plastic tubs). Sachets of dried lavender can also be helpful. We do not recommend using mothballs. Care Instructions for Merino Wool: dry clean only.
Comments: Shipped by national courier.