Alpaca Scarf - Orange
made in Bolivia
by artisan women using sustainable alpaca fibers and natural dyes
Bundle up in this cozy hand-woven scarf. This environmentally friendly piece is made from all-natural dyes and sustainable alpaca. Every purchase empowers artisans at Asociacion de Artesanos Andinos in Bolivia.
Natural Handwoven Fair Trade Bolivian Alpaca Scarf | Orange
- Approximately 24" x 74"
- As with all handmade items, variations will occur
AAA Asociación de Artesanos Andinos
Asociación de Artesanos Andino, located in the Arque and Tapacari provinces of Bolivia aims to provide a higher level of life for its artisans. All products are handmade following tradition continued through many generations. The unique textiles are made with natural dyes by women from one of the most impoverished areas of Cochabamba. They seek to promote and sell crafts with cultural identity in order to provide fair wages for the female artisans.
The country holds some of the world's richest natural resources and yet, has the lowest per-capita income in the region. With a population of 10.50 million, and 51.4 percent of the country’s population living below the poverty line, Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, 2 and continues to face significant developmental challenges. The country ranks 108th out of 187 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index.
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. Alpaca fiber is hollow, which creates the excellent thermal properties of alpaca wool, while its structure makes it incredibly soft and silky to the touch. South American producers hope to increase the recognition of alpaca as an ecologically responsible, soft, and durable fiber.
Alpaca fiber is hollow, which creates the excellent thermal properties of alpaca wool, while its structure makes it incredibly soft and silky to the touch. South American producers hope to increase the recognition of alpaca as an ecologically responsible, soft, and durable fiber.
With over 62 percent of the population claiming indigenous heritage, Bolivia is home to the largest indigenous population in Latin America. Bolivia is the reflection of a past that is rich in rituals, traditions, and its culture, which is a mix and match of various races and full- blooded indigenous, including Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.