Fashion | Peru Dresses The World

Despite the fact that Peru's Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Peru surprised me again, this time with its excellent textile - Alpaca. Countless of brands have been using alpaca to make clothes, namely Bottega Veneta and 45R.

除了 Machu Picchu 之外,秘魯的時裝也教人大開眼界。感謝秘魯香港領事館的熱情邀請,在上星期能一睹利用羊駝毛(Alpaca)生產的時裝。羊駝毛被人喻為羊毛中的黃金,盛產於秘魯及智利,保暖度是正常羊毛的兩倍,但卻非常透氣。不同時裝品牌也有利用 Alpaca 生產衣物,例如 Bottega Veneta 及 45R。

Peru's signature drink - Pisco sour / 秘魯著名的飲料 Pisco sour。

Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the United States.
- Wikipedia

In the textile industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair, but now often made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even high-quality English wool. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.
- Wikipedia

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. The Moche people of northern Peru often used alpaca images in their art. There are no known wild alpacas, though its closest living relative, the vicuña (also native to South America), are believed to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca. The alpaca is larger than the vicuña, but smaller than the other camelid species.
- Wikipedia

The price for American alpacas can range from US$50 for a castrated male (gelding) to US$500,000 for the highest of champions in the world, depending on breeding history, sex, and color. According to an academic study, though, the higher prices sought for alpaca breeding stock are largely speculative and not supported by market fundamentals, given the low inherent returns per head from the main end product, alpaca fiber, and prices into the $100s per head rather than $10,000s would be required for a commercially viable fiber production herd. Breeding stock prices in Australia have fallen from A$10,000–30,000 head in 1997 to an average of A$3,000–4,000 today.
- Wikipedia

羊駝(Alpaca),又名駝羊,屬偶蹄目駱駝科,外形有點像綿羊,一般在高原生活,世界現有羊駝約300萬隻左右,約90%以上生活在南美洲的祕魯及智利的高原上,其餘分佈於澳洲的維多利亞州以及新南威爾斯州。
- 維基百科

羊駝被人工馴養超過6000年,其歷史可以追溯到印加帝國早期,羊駝和他們的表親大羊駝是在歐洲人發現美洲大陸之前在南美洲僅有的被馴化的家畜。他們是安地斯文明的整體的一部分和也是其文明的生活方式的體現,羊駝被用於提供食物、燃料、衣物和運輸畜力。在西班牙佔領印加後,許多羊駝、大羊駝和印第安人一樣死亡了。但在不合適人類居住條件的阿爾蒂普拉諾高原(Altiplano),這個物種倖存了下來。
- 維基百科

羊駝的皮毛可作為羊毛的更高檔替代品。在20-21世紀之交,羊駝毛紡織品在國際市場上走俏。在澳洲已經開始飼養羊駝,以皮毛獲取更高的所得。相同面積的毛皮製品,綿羊需要八張毛皮,那麼羊駝就需要十六張毛皮。因此價格居高不下。 羊駝毛皮有「軟黃金」之稱。
- 維基百科

There are two amazingly well-designed Peru fashion labels - Vela Vera and Qaytu. Check them out in the following links. I hereby thank you Mr. David Málaga (Peru General Council member in Hong Kong & Macao)'s warm invitation again.

/ Vela Vera
/ Qaytu

Comments

2014-01-31 15:12:57

Vanila

the filter of photos fits the content so well. Nice blog anyway!

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