Our Story

Alpaca Sol was born out of our passion for travel and beautiful sustainable fabrics.

It was during extensive travel in South America that we fell in love with alpaca. The remarkable softness and durability impressed us, but more than that, the craftmanship of the people working with the wool was beyond anything we had seen before. We became resolute in our intention to work with local people using the techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. In La Paz we were lucky enough to encounter a network of local artisans whose enthusiasm for their art was inspiring and contagious. And Alpaca Sol was born!

Over the past nine years, we have worked alongside the makers 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.

Emma and Amy

Ethically Sourced

We have a strong friendships with the artisans which are based on consideration and trust. We are committed to running our small business ethically and respecting the incredible skills of each of our makers. We have witnessed first-hand the time, care and attention to detail involved in the creation of each piece.

We are dedicated 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 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