Sol Alpaca Fall-Winter 18/19 Collection

Have you ever had the sensation of feeling ‘at home’ despite being a long way from home?  You notice colors and shapes that bring back memories of some moment in your life; our reminiscences draw no frontiers when the world whispers to our memory that it’s just one and that in the beginning, we were never really so different.

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Our Fall-Winter 18/19 Collection seeks to bring down the ‘walls’ that have separated people with the passage of time and draws inspiration not only from Peru but from the entire world; the collection expresses the idea that we share a common origin through the use of Andean symbols and African masks combined with turquoise tones that kindle recollections of our journeys among oriental civilizations; and it reflects fresh energy with details bestowed by our land.

We acknowledge the beauty of Andean culture amid the features of other civilizations and we express it in a mixture of designs and colors which characterize our garments and accessories and bring you closer to the textile and handcrafting diversity of our Andean heritage.

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Inspired by the entire world and full of culture, you will find our Fall-Winter 18/19 Collection of garments and accessories rich in colour and design; there are unfinished edges that express the beauty of imperfection, mélange yarns which create unique textures, sashes, sparkles and colour-block designs, while the wonderful iconography of our Andean culture is not forgotten.

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First people, one people Fall-Winter 18/19 reveals that we’re human beings, we spring from a common origin and we share the same beginnings. Today we tell the world that Peru isn’t just ours; it’s for EVERYONE.

Discover today our new collection First people, one people. Fall-Winter 18/19. https://www.solalpaca.com/store/

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Culture-laden Alpaca shawls and scarves – New AMANO MUSEUM Arrivals

When an artist has something to say they express themselves in more ways than we could count, it’s a job for an artist to capture the essence of our Andean Heritage and transform this incredibly rich source of inspiration in a new majestic piece of art.

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The Amano Museum Collection it’s not other than the perfect example of a beautiful piece that bases its inspiration in the marvelous textiles of the pre-Columbian Andean cultures, in their forms, contrasts, and histories.

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This collection now includes three more cultures as a source of inspiration Chavin, Chimu and Inca reinterpreting the designs created by the ancient Andean people to represent not only their most sacred beliefs but their everyday chores in a delicate and complex way.

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The Amano Museum was founded in 1964 by the initiative of the Japanese businessman Yoshitaro Amano, to preserve the cultural heritage so that it can be admired for next generations to come. Located in one of the first buildings that were designed as a museum, it soon became one of the most important exhibition spaces for Peruvian Textile art.

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WINTER BREAK!

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TAKE A BREAK!…

The start of a new year is a great time to let everything in the past and have a new beginning; that’s why, January is the perfect month to step on every store’s sale, and because we know this season brings cold and snow, we have what you need to complete your winters wardrobe.
Our alpaca clothing WINTER SALE offers outfits for every style, from refined and trendy to a perfect comfortable look.

 

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A PERFECT WINTER CLOTHING COMBINATION

The alpaca coats are always a good option to stand the cold days and at the same time looking fantastic this season.
A perfect look combination, where you can use a basic Alpaca pullover, cardigan or jacket under your trendy coat, made out of the ideal fiber to keep you warmer, and on top decorate this look with a colorful or patterned scarf.
One of the best things about this outfit is that you can either wear it with a pair of jeans or your best trousers.

 

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LAYERING THIS WINTER

Pattern play and layering can be fun in putting together a great outfit. But although it’s a cold season, buildings are so overly heated that working in layers is easier than overheating.
Wearing an Alpaca cardigan under one of our jackets will be the best option for this winter. The whole outfit will maintain you warm outdoors, and while indoors, with the Alpaca cardigan you will be at the perfect temperature.

Now you know!, take a time to visit our online store and shop our SALE! solalpaca.com/store

 

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

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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.‬‬

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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.

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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

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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SOUTH AMERICAN CAMELIDS

There are four groups of South American camelids, each with its own unique characteristics, which offer fibres that help to enhance the rich tradition of Peruvian textiles. They are alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuña.

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ALPACA

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 Alpaca types: Huacayo and Suri.

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LLAMA

The Llama is the heaviest and largest South American camelid. Its long legs as well as its prominent and crooked ears distinguish the llama from the other camelids.

Llamas have been domesticated and used as beasts of burden since Pre-Incan times. Even today, Llamas are part of the many customs and religious rituals of the Andean people. Llama hair is coarser than alpaca hair. However, if dehaired, it can be as soft as alpaca. Some 65% of the world’s Llamas live in the high plateau region of Bolivia.

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VICUÑA

The Vicuña is the smallest and rarest of the South American camelids, and is considered to have the finest animal fibre in the world.

Historical chronicles indicate that Vicuña textiles were reserved for Inca royalty.

Because of the quest for its highly coveted luxurious fiber, the Vicuña was driven nearly to extinction by the 1960s. Various conservation programs have ensured survival of the Vicuña, and this wonderful fibre is once again available to the textile industry. There are now approximately 150,000 Vicuñas in South America, about 80% of which inhabit Peru.

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GUANACO

The Guanaco, like the Vicuña, is a wild camelid that lives in big groups of males or small bands of females led by a dominant male. There are approximately 600,000 Guanacos in South America and about 80% of them are found in Patagonia, Argentina. The extremely high quality of Guanaco fiber can be discerned simply by touch.

Characteristically, its fibre is a reddish shade. Guanacos are the only South American camelid that adapt easily to different environments. They can live either at sea level or in the Andes at altitudes of more than 4,600 meters (more than 15,000 feet).

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FEEL THE INCOMPARABLE WARMTH THAT ONLY THE FIBRE OF THESE LOVELY ANIMALS PROVIDE!

Make life #feelwarmer with #SolAlpaca!

THE FASHIONABLE CHULLO

This may be the first time you’ve heard the word chullo, so let me tell you something about this little piece of headgear, which isn’t simply an eye-catching accessory but also protects you from the wind and cold – with style.

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The chullo originated among Andean cultures as a means of protection against the harsh, cold weather conditions.  However, in recent years it has been seen on fashion runways where designers have been competing to create ever more striking details.  Today, the chullo is a fashion accessory worn by both men and women in many parts of the world.

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It has become virtually an obligatory purchase for all visitors to Peru, especially when travelling to the Peruvian Andes, where an enormous variety of chullos will be found in all sizes and colours and for every occasion.  Something that always distinguishes chullos is the way they are knitted and the incorporation of symbols or patterns identifying the place where they were made; they may show letters, subdued and bright colours, symbols, representations of camelids or plants, and some even indicate the marital status of the wearer.

Make these days feel warmer with SOL ALPACA`S CHULLOS!

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Would you like to see the chullos in our collection?

Click here: https://www.solalpaca.com/store/product-category/accessories/accessories-hats/