A common good
With an estimate of only three million alpacas worldwide, some 90% of which are found in the southern regions of Peru, the alpaca is one of the rarest species on Earth.
As entrepreneur and mother of two picky boys shopping was a nightmare. All of their clothes had to be just right. I resorted to plain cotton clothing, pima cotton to be exact. As a Peruvian I grew up using pima cotton and knew it would satisfy my boys particular tastes. Later, I started buying baby alpaca sweaters and scarves. My boys loved the soft material. My appreciation for the alpaca fabric grew even more when I discovered it was naturally hypoallergenic. This was a big plus for me and my family since my kids are allergic to wool.
Soon after my discoveries I started, Whitetower Collection, a family business which specializes in the design and production of textiles and clothing, using only natural, sustainable, and hypoallergenic materials.
All of our products are manufactured in Peru, utilizing ancient techniques by Peruvian artisans who continue the Incan tradition of working with alpaca fibers.
Starting at the Source
Alpaca, one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, is a jewel amid all the synthetic fibers and harsh materials found in our everyday lives. Softer than cashmere, and available in a wide array of colors, alpaca serves as a natural thermostat by using microscopic air pockets to trap body heat in cooler temperatures and to release heat in warmer weather.
Alpaca wool is harvested from the alpaca, a New World Camelid, that is native to the high, remote Andean plains of South America. The South American Camelid family also includes Guanacos, Llamas and Vicuñas. With an estimate of only three million alpacas worldwide, some 90% of which are found in the southern regions of Peru, the alpaca is one of the rarest species on Earth.
As the principle material of Incan textiles for thousands of years, alpaca wool, “the gold of the Andes,” has always been highly sought after. Today, the world of high fashion cherishes alpaca not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes: its fineness, durability, hypoallergenic, and lightweight qualities. Alpaca come in 24 shades of naturally occurring fiber as alpacas range from white through all shades of grey, brown, and black.
Ethical and Sustainable Practices
Alpacas are treated with extreme care and love. The animals are docile, friendly, and easy to care for. Whitetower Collection, along with other Peruvian and foreign institutions, is committed to improving the breeding programs and sustaining the Alpaca industry in Peru.