Alpaca sweaters sustainably and ethically made
Why are your YAPA Sweaters sustainably and ethically made?
Alpaca fiber is one of the greenest materials in the planet.
Alpacas are sheared once a year in the spring, in each shearing you can obtain roughly 5 to 10 pounds of fleece which are collected from local small farms in La Paz, Bolivia.
Baby Alpaca fiber that comes from the softest parts of the alpacas is separated and cleaned to start the weaving process.
After the process is finished, baby alpaca wool is ready for knitting.
We are proud to produce close to the origin of our raw materials.
Made in Bolivia and sourced locally Yapa knits are and traceable farm to finish. Starting with the wool that comes from a spinning mill which collects their fiber from small alpaca farms in the highlands to the knitters, mostly women, who choose to knit our pieces either at home or in our workshop, benefiting from stable living conditions and fair wages.
Many of our baby alpaca sweaters are hand embroidered. Making each one unique and special.