Technique: Alpaca Knit

Alpaca Knit Technique

Indigenous to the Andean highlands, luxurious alpaca wool is highly prized for its warmth, strength, and lightweight texture. Alpacas have been bred for thousands of years for both their meat and fleece, and comprise a large component of traditional South American culture. The Inca civilization was primarily based in textiles made from alpaca wool, making the fabric an integral part of the rich history of the Andes.

Each piece from Artesania Sorata is made by hand in Bolivia. The female artisans dye the wool by hand using natural dyes made from local ingredients, such as walnut leaves, thola, and cochineal. The natural dyes are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and soft on the wool. With this soft yarn, the artisans knit each piece by hand. Each artisan has a unique style, and often adds embroidered patterns inspired by traditional weavings, geometric symbols, animals, or birds.

Female artisans working with Awamaki create warm knits by hand by using traditional knitting, crochet, and yarn spinning techniques. In the first stage, they will combine alpaca yarn with the cotton before beginning to knit. Some of the families will continue to perform religious ceremonies before removing the alpaca hair. The baby alpaca fiber is extremely soft and hypoallergenic. The artisans locally source all the materials from Peru, including raw alpaca fiber from remote areas of Cusco.

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Artesania Sorata

ARTESANIA SORATA

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Manuela Ramos

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Zebra Stuffed Animal

$ 26.00

This oh-so-soft zebra is knit from cotton and makes an adorable present for expecting mothers and little ones. Each purchase empowers artisans at Naguska in Peru. Details Approximately 9" tall Cotton with...
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  • Approximately 9" tall
  • Cotton with polyester fill
  • Spot clean with a damp cloth
  • As with all handmade items, variations will occur

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Lion

$ 24.00

Little ones will roar for this fluffy lion. Gift this lion to the brave little one in your life. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru. Details Small:...

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  • Small: approximately 5-6"
  • Large: approximately 11-12"
  • Materials: hypoallergenic alpaca hair and synthetic fiber
  • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair
  • Care instructions: Spot clean with a damp towel
  • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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Tiger Stuffed Animal

$ 26.00

Your little one will go wild over this furry friend. Hand-woven and brightly striped, this tiger provides the perfect bedtime companion and delightful nursery decoration. Each purchase empowers artisans at...
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Details

  • Approximately 10" tall
  • Cotton with polyester fill
  • Spot clean with a damp cloth
  • As with all handmade items, variations will occur

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Alpaca Stuffed Animal - Vanilla Bear

$ 24.00

Little ones will love this bear-y much. This fluffy stuffed animal is a great gift for baby showers and kids' birthdays. Each purchase empowers artisans at Inspired Peru in Peru....
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  • 10 x Small Approx: 5" with 1 in shopping carts
  • 1 x Large Approx: 11" with 4 in shopping carts

Details

  • Small: approximately 5-6"
  • Large: approximately 11-12"
  • Materials: hypoallergenic alpaca hair and synthetic fiber
  • No animal cruelty is involved in the sourcing of the alpaca hair
  • Care instructions: Spot clean with a damp towel
  • As with all handmade items, variations in color or details may occur

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