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100% Fairtrade Hand Spun Alpaca Beanie Hat with Bobble, Hand Made in South Wales
The Ollantaytambo Beanie is made with a beautiful alpaca yarn sourced from ‘Awamaki’, a non-profit organisation based in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, north of Cusco in Peru. Awamaki work with 9 Fair Trade Federation cooperative women’s groups, specialising in either weaving, knitting or spinning. The yarn for these hats is made within one of the handspinning cooperatives, ‘Puskariy Tika’, within the ‘Huilloc’ community.
Marta, Gregoria, Virginia, Hilda, Dionicia, Francisca, Exaltacion, Simeona, Flora, Paulina, Nicolasa, Benita and Damiana are the 13 members of the cooperative.
The yarn is hand spun using traditional drop spindles with yarn from the local families alpacas.
Alpaca is a hypoallergenic fibre more valuable than silver or gold in traditional Incan society in Peru, known as 'fibre of the gods', 'La Lana de los Dioses'. Softer than cashmere, 3 times lighter than sheeps wool, and without lanolin that causes itching, it has temperature regulating properties, with the only fibre that's warmer being polar bear fur. Alpaca also holds on to less water than other wool, so dries quicker, and is self cleaning and odour resistant. As well as therefore being highly functional, it is also a more sustainable choice than fibres such as cashmere as up to 4 jumpers can be made from one fleece of an alpaca, and that's a lot of hats!
All hats main colour is the undyed natural white of the alpaca, and the coloured bobbles and trims are made with cruelty free, single origin, traceable, ‘living’ Shetland and Alpaca wool and naturally dyed by Paula Goosen of Moel View Yarn. The yarn for the dusk pink and indigo details comes from a single farm in Richmond, North Yorkshire, and is dyed using Fairtrade Black Tea, Responsibly Sourced Lac and Indigo. The Charcoal is undyed and comes from a single small holding of alpacas in Denbighshire, North Wales. More information about my yarns is available here
Once the yarns are returned to me after dyeing, the hats are then hand made by me in my studio in South Wales and come in one size. They fit a little snugly the first time you wear them, but have ease and so will give to the size of the wearer after the first wear, knitted in a rib stitch, they are maleable whilst holding their shape well.
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