The alpaca industry thrives thanks to generations of Peruvians whose livelihood relies on the alpaca to put food on the table and a roof over their head. The alpaca is one of Peru’s most treasured gems and worth far more to the Peruvians alive. Alpacas are sheared annually for their fibers and are never harmed during this process. It's only when an alpaca has passed due to a natural or unpreventable cause that the fur is removed from the animal. Due to the ethical nature of this process, our fur is sometimes in limited supply but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oswaldo and Gloria -Arequipa, Peru
Husband and wife team, Gloria and Oswaldo, began their business over a decade ago. True artisans, both are incredibly skilled craftsmen whose talent has multiplied over the years. Oswaldo is a very sweet and calming man and Gloria is a strong and determined woman. Together, they are a great force. They began by crafting and selling souvenirs, stuffed alpaquita animals and baby booties to small local markets, made by the very fleece of their own alpacas. Because of their hard work and success, they were able to build a small house just outside of Arequipa that sits aside a mountain. Just like the dirt roads in front, Oswaldo and Gloria’s house remains unfinished however they’ve been able to build themselves a small factory on the first floor. As their business grows in due time, they will be able to finish the work and make a true home for themselves and two children. With his parents’ help, their son has been able to attend college and will one day continue the family business while their young daughter enjoys the occasional sewing lesson! Their beautiful unit is a shining example of family and the idea that with great discipline and sacrifice come great rewards.
Rosmary Serna-Rodas -Arequipa, Peru
With only a few machines and a small factory in the garage of their home, Rosmary began in the business working for her two brothers. Now, after many years of discipline and hard work, they have a beautiful three-story factory in that same location and Rosmary has her own store in Arequipa, Peru where she sells the clothing made at the factory. On the first floor, they have sophisticated machines and on the second floor sit a group of extremely talented women who sew the handmade garments and finishes. Laughter and good conversation fill the air on a daily basis and these women have come to view eachother as an extension of family. Rosmary and our co-founder, Carmen, speak and visit with eachother regularly about business and family and although they’ve only been friends for a short time, they feel as though they’ve known eachother forever. Rosmary and her brothers’ dream is to one day purchase commercial land and build a large factory so that they continue to build upon their family legacy.
Zoyla Rey has been a professional seamstress most of her life and at the beautiful age of 75, still has many loyal private clients such as Carmen. Zoyla was Carmen's neighbor as a child and still lives next door to her Mom in Lima, Peru to this day. Carmen wouldn't have it any other way than to have Zoyla create pieces for Moda Kalon. The ultimate professional, Zoyla creates and sews every single piece of clothing by hand. Zoyla is an incredibly hard working career woman but even more importantly, a wonderful mother to her beautiful daughter. She will continue sewing for as long as she is on this earth!
Alpacas -The Jewel of Peru
The stunning alpaca is one of Peru’s most treasured gems and is viewed as the legacy of the Incas, who first domesticated this animal some 5,000 years ago. The reverence for the alpaca has stood the test of time, providing not only a livelihood to so many Peruvians but also a world stage for it’s caretakers to showcase all that this wondrous species has to offer. Today, the alpaca industry thrives thanks to generations of Peruvians.
- Are generous to the earth beneath their feet and never harm their pasture when grazing
- Are an efficient animal, requiring very little food intake in order to be strong and healthy and only a natural rainwater supply from their habitat, which is well above sea level
- Bred in 22 natural hues, which minimizes the need for dyeing
- Have a low natural grease content, therefore very little energy is required to treat the water during washing
- Fibers are hypoallergenic because they naturally lack the lanolin that causes itching from other wools, which lends itself to a more sustainable production process, omitting the need for harsh chemicals
- Fibers are naturally flame resistant
- Has excellent thermal fitness properties and just as the animals require warmth from the cold and coolness from the heat, the fibers naturally regulate the temperature your body requires in any given climate
- Fibers are naturally stain and water repellant
- Fibers are resistant to pilling
- Have significant luster and durability properties
Is alpaca clothing itchy or rough on the skin?
On the contrary, alpaca fibers naturally lack the lanolin that causes itching from other wools and therefore the 100% alpaca garments are considered hypoallergenic. Known for its luxurious properties, alpaca fibers have been described as “stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down and better-breathing than thermal knits.”**
Alpaca Garment Care
We recommend dry cleaning your garments and accessories whenever possible however some of our fur pieces can be delicately washed with a drop of baby shampoo and lukewarm water, being careful not to fully immerse. These items can then be blow dried for a finished look but never put in the dryer! Due to alpaca fibers being naturally water resistant, you can also gently blot manageable stains with a damp cloth.
Many people also handwash their knit clothing. We try to steer clear of this recommendation at Moda Kalon because if done incorrectly, you could distort your beautiful pieces.
Please view each item's dedicated description for care instructions. When not in use, we encourage storing your clean and folded garment in a box with airflow. If properly cared for, you can protect the life and fitness of each piece for generations.