Alqo Wasi

Alqo Wasi means Dog Home in Quechua, the language of the Incas. It all started on one of the countless family adventure journeys along the Peruvian Andes. We had already been in a bus for 4 hours, we had 2 more hours to arrive at the imposing presence of the great Colca Canyon and I had to come up with an idea of a business for my university thesis. Suddenly, it just popped into my mind. I had been looking for clothes for Paco and Lua, my two little spoiled and pampered Westies, and nothing was good enough for them.  As I was sitting by the bus window, I kept watching these incredible landscapes in the middle of what we call the sierra; they were covered with these incredible creatures, the Gold of the Andes as we proudly call them. Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas grazed freely in the vast highlands of the region at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. From time to time we stopped in little villages were native communities are known for their incredible weaving and natural dying techniques. The weaving loom is used since pre Hispanic times and artisans from the Andean region apply ancestral techniques of spinning and dying to make diverse textiles.  After some time, I decided to take the risk. I created a company that could give our babies a sophisticated and one-of-a-kind piece of work, and at the same time help a great cause. I can’t remember of another time when I have been more passionate about something as I am now.  -Patricia Queirolo, Founder of Alqo Wasi

About Alpaca Fiber:  In the landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level, thousands of years ago the Incas domesticated the Alpaca. Alpaca Fiber, along with cashmere and silk, is one of the most finest fibers in the world. Alpacas are members of the South American Camelid family. Together with Llamas, Guanacos and Vicuñas are called the “Gold of the Andes”. The Alpaca Fiber is a superb source of shine and texture. Alpaca is the only animal species worldwide, whose hair naturally displays a wide array of colors, going from black to white, through different shades of brown and gray, allowing the animal to blend with the Andean landscape. And the fleece dyes to glorious colors as well. Alpaca is a sheared fiber, never skinned. Native Andean herdsmen shear them every other year at the onset of the rainy season. Alpaca Fiber is seven times stronger and three times warmer than merino wool. The fiber actually contains microscopic air pockets that contribute to the creation of lightweight apparel with very high insulation value. Alpaca is silky against the skin and heavenly smooth to the touch. It is hypoallergenic and lanolin free; it does not absorb or retain moisture and it often wearable for those people who are allergic to wool.

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Burgundy Glam Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Gingerbread Man Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Christmas Owl Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Red Splendor Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Warm Whisper Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Crazy Llama Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Alqo Wasi Rollneck Alpaca Sweater-Breeze
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Red Snowfall Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Snowman Alpaca Dog Sweater by Alqo Wasi
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Pink Sweetheart Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater
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Daydreamer Handknit Alpaca Dog Sweater Poncho
$53.99
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