Fibers from alpaca del Perú: Quality that conquers the world
Virgilio Martínez, propietario de Central y embajador de la Mar
At a local level, various stakeholders in the alpaca sector emphasize the benefits of alpaca fiber, recognize the detailed work of the craftspeople and work towards the pillars of sustainability.That is why Peru has gained the attention of experts, those who understand how to recognize a luxury fiber and great work that is carried out from the soul.Two great American designers and a major player from China share their views on alpaca fiber and why they work in Peru.
Designs from this fashion house incorporate a wide range of colors and the brand's DNA focuses on sustainable materials, processes and production. Furthermore, social responsibility and fair treatment of workers are key to the brand. Mara Hoffman's Dana Davis explains that alpaca fiber is such a versatile material that it takes on a variety of forms, making it capable of creating exquisite fabrics of all weights and styles. "Every season we incorporate more alpaca into our collections."
For the Autumn 2018 season, Nicholas K developed a collection with alpaca: "There is great depth and richness in natural, undyed alpaca, it has an incredible feel to the hand and its color is impressive. We believe in longevity in terms of design, construction and utility. It is a natural and beautiful fiber that should become something modern and versatile for the consumer. As society evolves, the need for quality and conscious design will eclipse disposable products."
The general manager of the Beijing Xiangyu Culture & Design Company shares his perspective on luxury alpaca fiber from his position as an agent in China for several Peruvian brands. "Companies in Peru are consistently using 100% alpaca or blends with wool, bamboo or other natural fibers. Added to this, they also use ecological dyeing and printing technology and they strive to reduce pollution. This gives brands a concept of value that has attracted attention among Chinese consumers.
The vision of alpaca as a natural fiber, as well as its versatility, is setting an important standard within the world of sustainable fashion. We are on the right track – and it’s not just us saying this, it’s what consumers in demanding international markets are saying.