Shop the La Sierra Alpaca blend throws will transform any space in your home. vailable in two sizes, they are wonderfully insulating and at the same time incredibly breathable - the perfect year round throw.
The large size is big enough to use as a blanket for snuggling on the sofa or bed.
La Sierra Alpaca blend Throws are hand-loomed in Indigenous Quechua artisan communities in the Andes Mountains, Ecuador. Shop eco-friendly, sustainable Alpaca fibre Homewares here at eco.mono
La Sierra Alpaca values:
The fleecy coat of the Alpaca is renowned for being among the softest in the world. It has been used for centuries in the Andes Mountains of South America (locally called La Sierra) and was used by the Incas as a fabric for royalty. The long, silky Alpaca fleece is stretchy and delicate, with a smooth cuticle that makes it incredibly soft against the skin. It makes a lustrous, luxurious fabric and can be knitted as a pure fibre, or blended with other fibres such as cotton or silk for either knitting or weaving. Its soft, silk-like qualities are embraced around the world.
Why choose Alpaca?
Alpaca fleece is celebrated for its stylish, long-length cut, its warm, rich colours and incredible tactility. Naturally pure, it has a wonderful feel. It is lightweight and very, very soft – it’s like a warm, emotional connection to the animals it comes from and the people who make it.
The fibre has a durable, hollow core that traps pockets of air. These act as insulators against both cold and heat, making a breathable fabric which keeps the wearer warm in cold weather and cool in warmer weather - an ideal trans-seasonal fibre.
Alpaca fleece has a smoother shaft than goat fibres such as cashmere and mohair, or sheep wool that can be prickly against the skin. It does not contain lanolin and is said to be naturally hypoallergenic, so can be worn by most people with allergies or sensitive skin.
Meet The Artisans
La Sierra currently works with artisans from two different communities in South America: the Quechua indigenous people from the Andes Mountains of Northern Ecuador, and the Aymara indigenous people from the Lake Titicaca District in Southern Peru.
Following Fair Trade practices, we help these artisans directly to make a sustainable living for their families, to send their children to school and to provide much-needed health care.