Our Story

Alpaca sol was created by Emma and Amy, two friends who share a passion for travel and fine fabrics.

It was during extensive travel in South America that Emma discovered alpaca and was impressed by not only the beauty of the wool but also the quality of the craftsmanship. In La Paz Emma met Maxima and Reynaldo, two local artisans who’s skills had been passed down through generations, and who’s enthusiasm for their art was inspiring.

Over the past five years, Amy and Emma have worked alongside the family collaborating on designs and ideas. It is the time spent together during these trips that has enabled a firm friendship to form.As the business has grown, so has the network of artisans, each bringing their own unique textile traditions and skills.

Ethically Sourced

We have a firm friendship with the artisans which is based on consideration and trust. The knitters themselves set the prices for their goods. We have witnessed first-hand the time, care and attention to detail involved in the creation of each piece.

Alpaca Sol is committed to giving back to the poorer communities of South America. We have donated to Artesania Sorata, an organisation involved in social projects in La Paz.

Alpaca Sol has recently become involved with Aid Box Convoy that helps refugees living in desperate conditions in Europe.

You can donate on the Aid Box Convoy website.

Alpaca Wool

Alpaca wool is one of the most luxurious fibres in the world and is comparable to cashmere in it’s softness.

Alpaca is a hollow fibre which means it is lighter and yet up to four times warmer than sheep’s wool.

It does not contain lanolin which means it is hypoallergenic and therefore perfect for babies and sensitive skins.

Caring for your alpaca

Hand wash pure alpaca products.

Mixed alpaca knitwear can be washed on a cool wool cycle (30 degrees).

After washing, lay items flat as hanging to dry will stretch the garments.

Our knitwear collection is designed with a strong emphasis on simplicity and quality, whilst remaining true to the piece’s provenance