The fleece-lined Vail Alpaca Hat features an ivory filigree design on a burgundy background with colourful embroidery and a large pompom.
50% Alpaca - 50% Acrylic
Matching 'glitten' fingerless gloves with mitten top.
Alpaca Hat, Vail
Hand wash or in machine on delicate mode. Lukewarm water (30°C / 86°F), mild detergent. Roll up in a towel to squeeze out excess water and lay flat to air dry away from direct heat.
Owner and founder Karina Pomroy says, "As a high school student, I took my first trip to Cuzco and it was then that I realized that those marvelous Alpaca products were not just pretty items, but rather precious treasures created by a whole industry of people who made a living from the hard work behind every item that I had bought so easily in Lima. I was able to meet many of the ladies who made these beautiful items and experience firsthand the extraordinary quality of their work, and the superb quality of Alpaca fiber. The textiles were absolutely gorgeous and I became even prouder of my Peruvian ancestors who, from the time of the Incas, were able to develop and preserve such a successful and dynamic industry in my country. Wandering through the streets of Cuzco and meeting all these wonderful knitters really inspired me that day to expose their beautiful creations to the world. I could not just let them continue to sell their work to a few tourists in Cuzco and then leave them having to travel that long road to Lima every other week to survive! I had to expose them to the world!
Fast forward twenty years to 2019 and we now work with hundreds of ethical and ecological Peruvian artisans who are fairly compensated for their technical abilities and their hard work. Our mission at Peruvian Link is to help these artisans be recognized for their talent and abilities, and to serve as a venue for their economic development. From our warehouse in Maine, Peruvian Link now sells goods from those ladies in Cuzco, and others like them from all over my native Peru, to every State in the United States and in all the Provinces of Canada!"
Lightweight, warm alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. There are two different types of alpaca fleece. the most common fleece type comes from a Huacaya. Huacaya fiber grows and looks similar to sheep wool in that the animal looks "fluffy". While huacaya fiber is similar to sheep's wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber is naturally water-repellent and fire resistant.