ABOUT YAPA

Our Story 

100 % baby alpaca season-less basic knits with a fun twist that are meant to last. Our goal is to design fewer pieces made in a better way. We believe quality is an investment in the future and that clothing ought to be made in a mindful way. Less waste and less pollution.

YAPA combines traditional Andean craftsmanship with contemporary designs to  create 100% baby alpaca knitwear sustainably and ethically made by artisan knitters in Bolivia and designed in New York by our Bolivian creative director and founder Bernarda Pelaez.

YAPA aims to promote Bolivian heritage and the artisan industry, increase fair and safe job opportunities and contribute to a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.

La Paz - Bolivia at 3600 meters above sea level is where each of our 100% baby alpaca sweaters and accessories are handcrafted by exceptional local artisan knitters using centuries old knitting techniques. Each of our knits is carefully finished and many also hand embroidered.

Treasured by the ancient Inca civilization, alpacas and alpaca fiber have been part of the Andean and Bolivian culture for centuries.

Our knits are seasonless basics with a fun twist that are meant to last. Our goal is to design fewer pieces made in a better way. We believe quality is an investment in the future and that clothing ought to be made in a mindful way. Less waste and less pollution.

YAPA illustrates a vision of contemporary fashion influenced by our Bolivian heritage and culture, reflecting the roots and magic of our Andean origins in each of our pieces.

About us

Our love for natural materials, passion for design and high-quality craftsmanship is combined in our 100% baby alpaca wool knits.

Our pieces are designed in New York where Bernarda Pelaez our creative director is based  but all of our production and much of our inspiration comes from Bolivia.

We believe that the origin of our products, sustainable production and environmental impact are of equal importance to the aesthetics of the garments and that the combination of these elements is what makes our products special.

At YAPA, we value the expertise of our Bolivian artisans, whose skills are passed down from generation to generation with a true desire to keep ancient traditions alive and support fair wages.

Bolivia and our artisans 

YAPA's entire manufacturing process is based in La Paz, Bolivia. 

From the alpaca farms and farmers in the highlands to fiber processors in the city and the teams of mostly women who knit the finished product from their homes or in our workshop. By choosing to either work from home or at the workshop, the women can dedicate more time to their families, while benefiting from stable living conditions and fair wages. Each of these aspects contributes to a larger process that supports local lifestyles and communities.

Once a year Alpacas thick winter coat is shorn in the spring, allowing them to graze more comfortably in the summer heat, while providing us with their quality fiber for processing. After the alpaca fibers are transformed into 100% baby alpaca wool yarn they are knitted by our artisans.

We are proud to produce locally close to the origin of our raw materials. Yapa knits are traceable farm to finish. 

OUR VALUES

YAPA follows fair labor practices, fair trade & sustainable production, in addition our Mission is to support Bolivian heritage and artisans and to contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry.

 

Handcrafted

Sustainable

Fair Trade

Cruelty Free