FASHION UNITED article in the UK
We want to share an article published in FASHION UNITED in the UK, about the Andean cosmovisión and its relationship with alpacas. These are interviews made to Andres and Kalmex, 2 alpaca breeders who talk about their experience and feelings related with this World. Interesting to read, and we hope you enjoy it.
We are now Members of the Alpaca International Association
The AIA is a strong organization representing the alpaca World in Peru and abroad. We have recently joined it as we feel we need to support this effort to position our flagship product in the World along all the supply chain, from breeders to final exporters.Being a member of the AIA will allow us to make Sinergy with breeders, manufacturers, traders, and even final consumers.
New NEST Certifications for our Artisans
As we did months before with our main suppliers of mirrors and ceramics, now is the turn for our alpaca weavers: Celestino and the Castillo brothers. We are all proud that they have just obtained the Certificate of Compliance issued by NEST, as they have shown their respect for high standards of social responsibility. They now have the NEST Seal for Ethical Handcraft.
Congratulations for both!
Our 34th Anniversary
This month it will be 34 years of doing a hard and rewarding work with our artisans to improve their lives and the knowledge about their crafts in the world. Thanks to a teamwork with our collaborators we have grown as persons, as a company and as a brand recognized for its commitment with quality, innovation, and fair trade.
Our new brand, Allpa Origins
Our new Brand, allpa Origins, has been created with a sense of simplicity and style, using one of the finest fibers in the World, the alpaca. our knitters and weavers use it in all our collections of garments and accessories.
Our progress with alpaca
Further to the manifesto we made by end may, Allpa has been strongly involved in the creation of a group related with the improvement of the alpaca conditions in Peru. We started this initiative with 6 members of the Crafts Council Peru and now we are more than 100 participants among private companies, mills, breeders, public institutions, NGOs, consultants, and the academy.
Allpa in the UK platforms
We are happy to be now part of 2 online platforms in the UK: Wolf & Badger, a Venture created in 2010 who looks for sustainable and ethically produced objects “without compromising quality and design”, as they quote in their platform.
In the Land of Alpaca
The Inoue Brothers, a social responsible Japanese company selling alpaca products in their country, has a Project to support alpaca breeders in Puno, aiming to improve their situation. They have authorized us to post this fantastic video made by them.
A FILM BY The Inoue Brothers IG: @theinouebrothers
CAPs and Certification for Peru Decor and Ceramica Tallan
Two of our major suppliers recently obtained the NEST Certification, under the NEST Ethical Compliance Program.
We congratulate Marco and Alex for this important achievement and also the team conducted by Luis Heller who worked hardly in supporting them to obtain the Certification.
Our national holiday and coronavirus
Our national holiday is approaching, and it will find us sharing with the world the most incredible and unexpected pandemic ever seen. There have been probably more serious pandemics decades and even centuries ago, but now we have stronger medical and scientific tools to defeat diseases and here we are, defenseless.
Will this strange life we are living now, in the midst of lockdowns, curfews, masks and fear leave us a strong lesson about how to coexist in our planet?
We need to build a better future for the coming generations. Peru is among the 7 most affected countries in the world because we did not build a health and educational system who could prepare our people for situations like this. Poor countries, rich countries we are in similar situations.
What do we have in common? Let´s learn from this…
Our passion for Crafts
We collaborate with artisans who have great skill and are able to produce unique and beautiful crafts. With them we establish a sort of association which allows us to participate in their workshops, designing and developing new exclusive and high-quality products, innovating in equipment, tools, and production process.
Enjoy our video here
Our position about alpaca shearing
In the recent past days, an aggressive campaign has been launched by PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals), through social media and newspaper mainly in the United States against the use of alpaca fiber. The basis for this campaign has been a footage taken in an alpaca farm where these animals are being sheared under very cruel conditions. This farm supposedly belongs to one of the main alpaca mills in Peru.
Though we find inadmissible any cruelty applied to animals, we have to state that this is not the general shearing practice among the alpaca breeders.
Andean communities who are the alpaca owners in Southern Peru, take most care of their animals because they are the source of their income and have been their companions for several thousand years. We are witnesses that the shearing has even been improved in the last decades thanks to the introduction of the so called Inca shearing which Is done under a strict protocol to make sure the animal is treated with care, hygiene and less stressful conditions. We can provide films showing this.
We understand PETA follows a vegan philosophy that excludes the use of animal fibers, which we respect but not necessarily follow. There is a wide space in the industry for the use of materials which can be produced under respectful and sustainable conditions for our planet, and this includes animal, vegetal, mineral, and man-made ones.
Alpaca is one of those sustainable materials: this noble animal has lived in the South American continent for more than 5000 years, as we can see in many cave paintings in Peru. South American camelids have always been there and will always be because they are adapted to a very hostile territory, grazing the icchu, the only grass growing at 5000 meters of altitude. Shearing the extremely fine alpaca fiber is a must every 2 years and the manufacture of this fiber provides thousands of jobs in our country.
We don´t justify cruelty with any animal on earth, so we think that an investigation needs to be done about what has been shown in the referred PETA footage. But we radically disagree with their position of asking the world not to use alpaca fiber. Peru is blessed in having this beautiful animal in its territory and what we need to do is build a healthy industry around it that can benefit all parts involved: breeders, manufacturers, artisans, entrepreneurs and clients.
We need to think positive, not negative. These are times to build, not to destroy.
Thanks for taking the time of reading our message.
The Allpa Team and its weavers and knitters
Our shipments in the midst of the quarantine
Our commitment with our customers is a must even in these Covit 19 times.
In this 3rd week of May and still facing a quarantine given by our Gouvernment, Allpa has made tremendous efforts to finish delayed orders and ship them even several weeks later . Our customers have been very understanding accepting delays. To achieve that we had to be very careful accomplishing strict health rules and working in reduced time frames.
We did this in order to serve our customers and protect our jobs!
Allpa thoughts regarding the Covid 19
Our world is going through a huge challenge these days of Covid 19, affecting more than 200 countries, infecting more than one million and killing 60,000 as we write this.
The quarantine and lockdown many of us are living creates a forced space to think about how important it is to take care of our planet and how to do things in a better way.
Let’s keep it this way, let’s take care of ourselves and let’s make a cleaner world.
Ambiente, the Show
For the last 25 years Allpa has been exhibiting its new collections in this Fair, the biggest in the world for consumer goods. Producers from all continents bring the best of their crafts to the global market. And since 2019 we have moved to Halle 9.2 F08, sharing a nice location at the main entrance of this Pavillion.
Peru Moda Deco
We created this Show in 2001 as an initiative of the Instituto Peruano de Artesanias. With the support of Promperu, the Peruvian agency for exports, this Show has been running every April, helping producers and exporters to match importers from all countries. In 2019 the Crafts Council Peru presented here the Casa Peruana, a space intended to show how our crafts can synchronize with modern decoration.
WFTO Summit in 2019
This Summit was held on the premises of El Pueblo Hotel in Santa Clara, Lima and encompassed a total of 36 workshops on issues relating to: Climate Change, Food Innovation, Design, Circular Economy and Internet sales. The Summit was sponsored by PROMPERU, who worked with the WFTO Peru Platform and organized a business roundtable with 17 international buyers from the ethical, fair trade and conventional markets.
The next International Summit will take place in Berlin, in September 2021.