Against a body of graphite, striped patterns in taupe and antique white are simply elegant. Peru's Nataly and Alberto present this luxurious blanket, woven from lusciously soft 100% baby alpaca, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing.
- 73" L x 51" W
- 100% alpaca
- Dry clean only
- Made in Peru
Nataly and Alberto
Nataly: “I was born in the city of Arequipa in the south of Peru in 1987. My country is very rich in resources, history, and traditions. It has splendid geography with beautiful cities like mine, which are surrounded by countryside, colonial buildings, and volcanoes.
“I consider myself to be a decisive and sociable woman. I spent a large part of my life in Arequipa, where I studied Industrial Engineering. I have wanted to work with alpacas for as long as I can remember. The beauty of those animals and the benefits of their wool have impressed me from a young age. Growing up in Arequipa, I had the opportunity to get to know these noble animals, as well as the alpaca textile industry, which is one of the most important industries in my community.”
Alberto: “Like Nataly, I was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1985. I consider myself to be organized, curious, and sociable. Following my studies in Business Administration, I worked and gained experience in different fields, but without a doubt, working with alpaca wool was the best. The alpaca tradition in Arequipa is very big, and Nataly and I have been involved in this field in one way or another from very young ages, since we have acquaintances and friends that have existed in the world of alpaca for years. This is how we also began to love this animal and its wool.
“Alpacas are one of the most beautiful and peculiar animals in Peru and in the world. We are fortunate that the greatest population of alpacas is located in the Andes. Not only are they friendly, but they are one of the ‘greenest’ in the world, since they do not deforest the land they live in and they have more efficient eating habits than other pastoral animals. Their wool is soft, brilliant, and light, but at the same time very warm and durable. It is impossible not to fall in love with this natural fiber.
“Our inspiration comes from our mountains, with its colors, its people, and its traditions. Working with alpacas is an ancestral knowledge of the Peruvians that passes from generation to generation, from the men and women who raise alpacas in the mountains to the expert hands that select the wool, the spinners, the weavers, and all who are involved in this process. Not only have we found a form of sustenance, but we have found a passion, as well.
“Our plans for the future are, without a doubt, to continue growing and sharing the best of our work, maintaining quality standards in each one of our pieces.”