Alpaca, a Gift from the Gods


 

I’ve heard there is an old precolonial Legend that tells how Alpacas were handed to man by the Gods. In this story, the Gods placed the first alpacas in a mountain high up in the Andes as a gift to man, with the condition that they’d be treated kindly. I wasn’t able to trace the roots of this story, but I like it and I find it romantic!

What I was able to find from more concise sources[1], was that Alpacas were domesticated in the Andes about 8500 A.D. That is a LONG time AGO! Overtime, Alpacas became a fundamental part of the economic activity of the Andean People and the Inca Empire.

Even today, alpaca and llama herding are one of the main economic activities of indigenous rural communities in the Andes region. As a matter of fact, we source our fiber from a Co-op made of 1300 families of alpaca herders whose main economic activity is based on these animals.

Now, if you think about it, alpaca was a “Gift from the Gods” to the indigenous Andean people, since their livelihood was, and in many cases still is, sustained by raising alpacas. That is how they obtain meat, leather, fuel, fertilizers, and of course, alpaca fiber.

But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that alpaca is also a “gift from God” to us. Alpaca has many benefits. It is hypoallergenic, it has incredible insulating properties, it is as breathable as cotton, durable, and odor resistant, among other things.

These days, Ella Ember and other companies and clothing brands offer alpaca garments and alpaca products to the public. Because of that, YOU, the customer, have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful properties of this fiber.

What in the precolonial times was a fiber only reserved to the high-ranking and noble people of the Inca Empire, nowadays is within your reach. Isn’t that awesome?

If you haven’t tried an alpaca garment or an alpaca blanket before, I urge you to find one that you like, and try it! Use it! I am sure that then, you too will then agree that alpaca is a “Gift from God to Man”.

 

 

 

[1] “Camélidos sudamericanos: clasificación, origen y características " by Carmen Martin Espada Complutense University of Madrid.