A longstanding project becomes a reality

Sol Alpaca AMANO Collection

The Amano Textile Museum and Sol Alpaca have joined forces to save examples of wonderful pre-Columbian textile art – an invaluable heritage of mankind with more than 12000 years of history.

Today we are introducing our AMANO COLLECTION, a longstanding project that becomes a reality. The development of a small but sophisticated collection of stoles, whose design has been inspired by the marvellous textiles of the pre-Columbian Andean cultures, in their forms, contrasts and histories.

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The AMANO collection, bases its designs on the characteristics of the ancient Chancay, Huari and Mochica cultures, blending their forms in a high-quality fabric and reinterpreting the iconography created by the ancient Andean people to represent their most sacred beliefs, their representations of power and their intimate relationship with nature.

We invite you to participate in this rich tradition.

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The Chancay people were outstanding weavers who experimented with the artistic possibilities of textiles. Among their notable creations are beautiful, delicate lace fabrics symbolizing the equilibrium and richness of the sea and bestowing abundance and fertility on the home.

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Border ornaments with step designs and triangles are recurring elements in the culture of the Moche or Mochica people, masters of the northern coastal desert. The symbols were permanent elements of their iconography, and were related to order and the sacred powers of its rulers.

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The Huari people built the first Andean empire. Their most characteristic designs correspond to symbols of power, such as step designs and waves, where symmetry and stylization predominate, symbolizing the order of their society and the prestige of their gods.

Discover the AMANO COLLECTION beautiful designs in our online store

AMANO MUSEUM

The Amano Textile Museum was founded at the initiative of the Japanese businessman, Yoshitaro Amano, to protect the cultural heritage of Peru from destruction and looting.

In 1964 the Amano Museum was established, housed in one of the first buildings in Peru designed as a museum. It came to be acknowledged as one of the most important exhibition spaces for Peruvian textile art and a cooperation bridge linking Japanese and Peruvian researchers.

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Fifty years later, the Amano family took the decision to remodel the museum in line with the founder’s tradition of service and research.
The new concept, called AMANO – PRE-COLUMBIAN TEXTILE MUSEUM, offers contemporary exhibition premises completely devoted to the world of pre-Columbian textiles under modern display and conservation conditions.

FALL LOOKS IDEAS, YOU NEED TO KNOW

Sol Alpaca fall looks ideas you need to know

 

Autumn’s here and we want to share with you a few fall looks ideas to keep you warm and looking just fantastic this season.

 

ALPACA BASICS

a basic alpaca pullover, cardigan or jacket will enhance your look in combination with comfortable fabric trousers ideal for the office – and will go just as well with the perfect simplicity of your jeans, add a colourful scarf, stole or shawl and get a bright style.

 

Sol Alpaca fall looks ideas you need to know

 

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PATTERNS ARE TRENDING

 the current fashion trends are embodied in our pullovers and cardigans; their beautiful designs will lend your wardrobe a range of shades that harmonize with the landscapes you enjoy while you’re out walking and the leaves that fall on these cool autumn days.

 

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EASY ON, EASY OFF

Forget about putting on several layers of bulky clothing to keep yourself warm. Ponchos are easy on and easy off for temperature adjustment, they’ll provide the warmth and comfort you’re seeking – to say nothing of contrasting perfectly with the season’s brown and ochre tones.

 

fall looks ideas you need to know

 

fall looks ideas you need to know

 

HEAD-TURNING CAPES

There’s no doubt that the most modern and elegant way of keeping warm while making a show of elegance is to use fine baby-alpaca capes. In solid colours, patterned or colourful they go well with everything, a new unisex style to make a statement this season!

 

fall looks ideas you need to know

 

fall looks ideas you need to know

 

Take a look at all the combinations and colours of our alpaca garments and accessories; we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for to complete your fall/winter’s wardrobe in our online store  solalpaca.com/store

Mystical autumn in Sogay – a photography session

05h:30 … a double rainbow greets us – unusual for a Peruvian autumn, and a good omen for the exhibition of designs and colours that is to take place in the village of Sogay, 35 km from the city of Arequipa.

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Stepped cobbled streets, muleteers’ paths, and houses built of “sillar”, the white local stone, all overlooking the little valley of the River Yarabamba provided a picturesque backdrop for the display of garments and accessories of the new Sol Alpaca collection for autumn/winter 2016/2017.

Sol Alpaca autumn winter 2016 2017 photography session

Sol Alpaca autumn winter 2016 2017 photography session

We should like to thank our team-members for long hours of professional hard work, joy, enthusiasm, commitment and, above all, for letting themselves be carried away by the Andean mystique embodied in our new Sol Alpaca collection – a pervasive mystique which we can experience through the harmony of our designs with nature and the colonial architecture of the village of Sogay.

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We’ve set things up to share a quick look behind the scenes with you; we hope you’ll enjoy it!

Our new 2016-2017 Autumn Winter Sol Alpaca Collection now available on-line!

Sol Alpaca Autumn Winter 2016 2017 Clothing Collection

The new 2016-2017 Autumn-Winter Sol Alpaca Collection you’ve been waiting for is here!  

At Sol Alpaca we feel proud and more than satisfied with the new Autumn-Winter 2016-2017 collection.  It’s a set of clothes and accessories made from the finest alpaca fibre and embodying Andean designs not only to keep you warm but also to endow you with a most distinguished appearance.  Above all, they enable you to show off a living example of our Andean heritage.

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Majesty, intensity, ancient textile heritage, and Andean culture have been captured in these new designs, this time inspired by the art of seventeenth-century Peruvian painters who drew their ideas from the beautiful drawings, outlines and textures created by contemporary craftsmen.

 

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All this inspiration, with perfect colour combinations and current fashion trends, is now available from our on-line store.  

You’ll most certainly be surprised with the details, ornaments and colours used in the garments for this collection. They’ll let you experience the magic of our #AndeanHeritage and Peru.‬‬

Sol Alpaca Autumn Winter 2016 2017 Clothing Collection

Sol Alpaca Autumn Winter 2016 2017 Clothing Collection

Sol Alpaca Autumn Winter 2016 2017 Clothing Collection

 

We’re absolutely sure you’ll love this collection as much as we do, and that it’ll make you feel warmer when you most need to.

Sol Alpaca Autumn Winter 2016 2017 Clothing Collection

How should men dress according to the occasion (in winter!)

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When dressing, men prefer to give priority to comfort and convenience over fashion trends.

And although it’s not a secret that they don’t enjoy shopping as much as women, it is necessary that when they do, they acquire key pieces that can work on different occasions, especially if the weather is cold and they need to make a good impression.

In Sol Alpaca we are experts in creating useful and functional garments taking advantage of the textile fiber quality of Peruvian alpaca, and considering also global fashion trends; that is why today we want to offer a practical guide on how to dress for every occasion in winter season for men who need a little guidance.

 

Office

Whether you work in a formal or casual environment, it is important that you give a good impression to your office colleagues and allies, especially those in senior positions, because as the saying goes “as they see you, they treat you.” A good choice for a professional look on cold days is a cardigan with buttons (it can also be used with a tie) or with a v-neck. You can also play with the textures and patterns of the shirt.

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100% super baby alpaca graduate stripped cardigan

 

Saturday night

If you have a special date or just a night out with your friends, the best option is to combine a dark jean with a thick sweater. This way you can feel warmer and also have a casual touch. The Weekend Cable Cardigan is definitely a basic for this season.

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100% Baby Alpaca Weekend Cable cardigan

 

Travel

Packing for a trip (leisure or work) is often a problem for many; usually they packed more -or less- than what they need, and usually it’s never proper. If you are traveling in winter, the key is to have a good coat, because it will be the garment that prevails in all your changes of clothing. Try to have one with a solid color and consider a bigger size of what you usually wear because your will have other layers below (shirt and sweater). This garment will be essential to enjoy your winter with style.

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100% Baby Alpaca Bomber Jacket

 

Family day

For a family day there is nothing better than to look and feel comfortable. This is the time when you are free to use the colors and prints that you like and define you. A patterned or striped sweater is ideal for both day and night. You can combine it with jeans and sport shoes.

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100% Baby alpaca Tartan Design Pullover

New Sol Alpaca Collection Fall Winter 2016- 2017

We are very excited to be sharing with you a scoop of our new Sol Alpaca clothing collection: Fall Winter 2016 – 2017, that we will be launching in stores (Peru and Chile) and in our online store in the next few days.

 

Our inspiration for this season comes from the artworks of peruvian painters who in the seventeenth century took references of the drawings, textures, silhouettes and beauty of the work that craftsmen did on the same time period. When seeing those masterpieces, if you pay close attention, there is a fine relationship between these artists; it is like one inspires the other’s work.

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And of course alpaca, our main raw material, was also a part of the inspiration for this new collection. In Sol Alpaca we are very proud of our legacy and our fine and warm fibre, the Andean Heritage we work to prevail over time.
With this combination of ideas and inspiration, we created over 90 garments designed for all kinds of shapes and taste, so people from all over the world can have and enjoy one of the most beautiful things a person can have from Peru and its Andean Heritage.

 

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We really hope you love this collection as much as we do, and that it can make you feel warmer when you need it the most. Soon we will give you more news. 😉

 

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THE BEST CLOTHING OPTION: ALPACA

Alpaca is a natural fibre that looks and feels luxurious. The highly developed Inca society, which prized the alpaca for its ultra-fine fleece, separated the animals for selective breeding and developed the 32 natural shades of alpaca fibre that we see today.  Clothing made from alpaca was reserved for royalty or the élite class; the common man was not allowed to wear it. The Incas placed a higher value on alpaca than on silver or gold – which isn’t really surprising to anyone who has cozied up in a sweater or coat made from this fibre.

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Today we want to share with you the top 10 reasons why you should have an alpaca garment.

  1. It’s warmer than any other fibre in cold climates.
  2. Alpaca garments are warm, sophisticated and elegant.
  3. Alpaca fibre lasts longer than others; extremely durable, it can be passed down from one generation to the next.
  4. It has a unique value (handcrafting and age-old tradition).
  5. It isn’t produced for the mass market.
  6. The fibre is ecological, unlike those made from synthetic materials; alpaca processing uses only small amounts of chemicals and the fibre is biodegradable and non-flammable.
  7. In its natural state, alpaca fibre is water-repellent, with a permeability of 2 to 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 in which 5 represents the optimum value. If rain or snow falls on an alpaca garment with its natural permeability, the water isn’t absorbed immediately.  This allows time to move a reasonable distance before shaking the garment to remove most of the retained rain or snow.
  8. It’s hypoallergenic; unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca fibre does not contain lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and suitable for people who are sensitive to wool.
  9. It’s silky and shiny: it doesn’t lose its lustre after dyeing or washing.
  10. It’s a thermal insulator. This means it maintains body temperature very well irrespective of the external conditions and environment.  It’s just perfect for any season; it’s warmer than any other fibre in cold climates and feels light and cool on hot days.

You don’t need more reasons to buy your Sol Alpaca’s garments and accessories, made of the finest Peruvian alpaca fiber, and you can do it in our online store solalpaca.com/store

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CRAVING FOR A COLOURFUL AND STYLISH SPRING LOOK?

Shawls and scarves can be used at any time of the years, but in springtime they become an indispensable part of your outfit.  They provide a means of keeping yourself perfectly comfortable during the mornings, afternoons and evenings.  What’s more, most shawls and scarves can easily be folded and rolled, which makes them the perfect complement for your spring attire.

If you’ve noticed an empty space in your wardrobe, and you feel you ought to add a little colour to your look this spring, then it’s time to fill that space with SOL ALPACA’s shawls and scarves. They’re soft, airy, lightweight, and absolutely charming!

We all know that spring can be cool and rainy too, so scarves and shawls are the perfect accessories for the season and you can make spring feel warmer with SOL ALPACA!

Our little patch-jacquard wide scarf is one the favourites.  It is made of 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% silk and is part of our seasonal line, developed according to current trends in colour and design and with an Andean cultural ingredient.

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Take a look at our variety of shawls made of Baby Alpaca and silk, pick the one you like the most, wrap it around you on your spring evenings and look stunning!

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MUNDO ALPACA, LIVING THE ALPACA EXPERIENCE

¿WHAT IS MUNDO ALPACA?

Mundo Alpaca is a splendid ecological -tourism complex, located right in the centre of Arequipa city in the historical area called San Lázaro, where the city was founded. In one single place there can be found Andean colonial architecture and green areas, a live exhibition of alpaca processing – from raising the animals through to handcrafting and industrial manufacture – and an appreciation of alpaca’s direct relationship with the rich textile culture of our country.

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Inaugurated in 2006, on the 75th anniversary of Michell & Company, Mundo Alpaca constitutes a cultural contribution to the city of Arequipa, the world’s alpaca capital, and seeks to enrich the city’s tourist attractions.

Mundo Alpaca was designed with a view to offering visitors, free of cost, the chance to enjoy and “live the alpaca experience” while interacting directly with these animals in beautiful natural surroundings.

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Moreover, visitors are able to watch live demonstrations of traditional fibre-sorting techniques and traditional weaving with backstrap looms, in addition to visiting the interesting Museum of Textile Machinery, the only one of its kind in Peru.

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Mundo Alpaca also has a Grupo Michell factory-outlet store and a boutique which offers the exclusive Sol Alpaca line.

¿WHAT WILL YOU DISCOVER?

Alpacas and Llamas

Mundo Alpaca enables the visitor to get to know alpacas and llamas and their different breeds; a special attraction is the exhibition of baby alpacas and baby llamas born recently at the complex.

The characteristic, natural surroundings of the exhibition allow the visitor to interact directly with the animals, which is an unforgettable experience.

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Sorting the fibre

Mundo Alpaca provides a live demonstration of the age-old traditional process of alpaca sorting. This is the first and fundamental operation for the industrial processing of the fibre.

As soon as the greasy alpaca is received from the herdsmen and Andean communities, it goes to the sorting centres where it is classified by hand according to origin, grade, colour and staple length. This task is carried out by expert women who apply sorting techniques handed down to them by successive generations of fibre-sorters from times predating the Spanish conquest.

Sorting cannot be mechanized; the variable characteristics of the fibre can be assessed only by experienced hands and eyes.

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De-hairing Vicuña

Mundo Alpaca presents a demonstration of how vicuña is de-haired.   The coarse guard hairs which occur naturally among the fine fibre of the fleece are removed manually.

This manual task is first carried out in the rural communities where the fibre originates.  It is then perfected at our company’s de-hairing centres; skilled hands carry out this task to 100% perfection using the ancient traditional techniques still employed by the Andean people.

The de-haired fibre is then very carefully washed by hand in lukewarm water and set out to dry naturally without the use of any forced ventilation.

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Textile Museum

This interesting and unique Museum of Textile Machinery presents the visitor with a view of the origins of the world’s alpaca industry, exhibiting interesting machines dating from the early years of the past century.  A clear explanation is provided of the industrial processing of alpaca fibre from sorting through to the finished product – more than a century of history.

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Art Gallery

Since 1981, Michell & Company has been holding its annual Art Competition, the longest-established of any in Peru, with the participation of hundreds of painters. The results are widely disseminated by means of exhibitions in different parts of the country, making it unequivocally the most important art contests in Peru and one of the most prominent in America.

In addition, since 2008, the contest has included a section for traditional textiles, inviting dozens of handcraft artists and rural communities from the Peruvian Coast, Highlands and Jungle, thus contributing to the dissemination of this traditional art form.

Mundo Alpaca has three exhibition rooms displaying the prizewinning works of the competition sponsored by Michell & Company, in both watercolours and oils, and traditional textiles. This permanent exhibition presents Peru through a highly sophisticated artistic experience.

This year, the 34th Michell National Art Competition is to be held, once more encouraging the hand-woven textiles category, reinforcing the uninterrupted support for the Peruvian artist and opening up a world of opportunities for him or her.

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Boutique and Factory outlet

Sol Alpaca is an exclusive brand from Michell & Company, the world’s leading industry in the production and export of alpaca items since 1931, and the name of the chain of stores located in Peru’s main cities.

Sol Alpaca presents annual, exclusive collections of very sophisticated contemporary garments for men and women; there are also accessories and articles for the home. Products can be found in the following lines: Seasonal, Hand-made, Eco, and Premium – all of which are made with Peru’s finest fibres, such as alpaca and vicuña.

The mission of Sol Alpaca is to maintain the Peruvian textile tradition, producing garments and accessories that harmonize our ancient legacy with the latest high technology.

The collection uses solely natural and noble fibres and the production processes are completely friendly to the natural environment.

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SOME FACTS YOU MIGHT BE MISSING ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas (lama pacos) are one of the most beautiful South American Camelids. Related to the Llama, Guanacos and Vicuña, Alpacas have been prized for their fibre since Pre-Incan times due to the properties and quality of their hair.
There are two varieties of alpaca: the huacaya and the suri.  The main characteristic that distinguishes a huacaya from a suri is the appearance of the fibre.  The fibre of the huacaya has a matt surface, is curly and voluminous, similar to sheep wool, while the fibre of the suri is straight, very smooth and shiny, with the softness of cashmere and the brilliant lustre of silk.  Suris are often said to be less cold hardy than Huacaya, but both breeds are successfully raised in more extreme climates.
It should also be pointed out that both varieties of alpaca are not necessarily white; there are also pigmented animals whose fibre is classified by specialists into 32 different natural shades.

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The Alpaca’s Habitat

Alpacas are indigenous to the Peruvian highlands, where they have been domesticated since the time of Pre-lncan cultures. There are an estimated of 3.5 to 4 million Alpacas in South America; approximately 95% being found in the Southern regions of Peru.
Alpacas are bred in altitudes ranging from 3,500 to over 4,500 metres above sea level, where they can naturally withstand temperatures that fluctuate between -20°C to +30°C in a single day, surviving on a special low-protein diet based on natural grasses.

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Alpaca Fibre

Alpaca is a silky, soft, durable fibre that has unique thermal properties due to the microscopic air pockets found within it. These pockets allow the user to breathe through the fibres on warm days, and likewise trap body heat in cold weather. It is also elastic and non-flammable.
Alpaca hair occurs in over 24 natural shades, which makes it an attractive alternative for top designers world-wide. The versatility of the Alpaca fibre allows it to be transformed into knitted and woven garments, accessories and crafts.

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