A handmade alpaca wool sweater from the Andes Mountains. Softer than cashmere, as warm as polar bear fur, and less than 10 oz.
Paka was able to answer the question of today’s fashion industry: Is it possible to have a fiber that doesn’t come at the expense of the environment? Their answer, “La Lana de los Dioses ~ The Fiber of The Gods.” Traditionally, the Incas placed a higher value on alpaca fiber than silver & gold. From an evolutionary standpoint, it is easy to see why. The alpaca has evolved for thousands of years in the Andes Mountains- one of the most extreme, bipolar climates on Planet Earth. Because the alpaca evolved in this environment, it’s innately sustainable and lives in harmony with people. The alpacas that PAKA sources their wool from are also free roaming.
PAKA has realized the advantages of using alpaca wool and has translated those benefits into their apparel. Alpaca wool is 3x lighter than sheep wool, hypoallergenic, making it cashmere soft and not itchy, and is insulating and holds just as much heat as polar bear fur. Moreover, it’s durable, moisture-wicking, and odor resistant.
If there wasn’t a way to make PAKA even cooler, they are heavy into empowering the women and children of Peru. PAKA works to multiply each weaver’s income by 8 times, making a visible difference in each women’s role to make decisions, feed their children, and allow them access to healthcare. We give PAKA a big IndieGetup thumbs up for their efforts in sustainable sourcing and global social justice initiatives. Check ’em out!