I'm Al Paca
First name Al, Last name Paca. I'm an extraordinary animal that produces fiber once meant for Incan Royalty. Now, there are about 3.5 million of us that still graze the Andean highlands. Most of us in Peru, where I live. We get haircuts once a year for our fleece and our human friends at Al Paca Apparel weave the fiber into classic garments you all love today.
Alpaca fiber has amazing properties and benefits. It comes in over 20 natural colors, meaning the fiber does not require harsh dyes. Alpaca's have light grazing habits, so farms do not require harsh chemicals. The alpaca wool industry is a sustainable, organic and ethical trade that we are proud to be a part of.
Containing no lanolin, alpaca fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca.
Living in the extreme temperatures of the of the Andean Mountains of Peru, alpacas have developed fleece that is warmer and 3x lighter than sheep's wool. Alpaca fiber has hollow air pockets, allowing air to permeate the surface for a warm and cozy, yet lightweight garment.
Your purchase supports economic empowerment in Peru. By wearing our garments you are directly supporting an ancient textile trade that stems back to the time of the Incan Empire. Artisans of Peru have made alpaca clothing for generations. Alpaca farming and weaving is imbedded in Peruvian culture and their livelihood depends on this wonderful ancient trade.
A true believer in sustainability and forward thinking, Robert Cramer Kedra started Al Paca Apparel after traveling through South America. Always being passionate about fashion and the environment Rob had a vision when he bought an alpaca sweater during his travels. Starting a clothing line has always been a dream on Rob's and once he realized he could offer sustainable, fair trade apparel made from an amazing natural fiber that does not harm the animal and also gives back to the local Peruvian economy, he knew he had to follow through with his idea. Through countless hours and tireless research Rob is proud to offer you the classic, fair trade and environmentally friendly clothing line Al Paca Apparel.