Alpaca Artwear Cultivates and Commodifies Andean Allure

By: Tiana Reid - Published: Feb 3, 2013 • References: alpacaartwear & designedgood
Alpaca Artwear is a social business that sells handmade hypoallergenic scarves and hats for men, women and children. It began after the founder spent time in the Peace Corps in Andean Colombia. "The Andean culture enchants and amazes. It’s the air, the altitude, the attitude; and the magnificent landscape; the warmth and kindness, the 'mi casa es su casa' mindset of the people; the colorful hand-crafted clothing … all this, set against the barrenness of the highlands," the company's about page reads. "The Andean people have found a way to live and create things of majesty and beauty in inhospitable climes."

Their goods are fair trade certified and the company has a partnership with women artists in Bolivia in order to support fair wages.

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