Handcrafts and haute couture

Before Alpaca fabrics broke into the world of haute couture, the conventional image the world had of Alpaca crafted items was limited to native handcrafted garments.

Made on spinning wheels and rustic looms, a wide variety of these products were sold in picturesque markets, or specialized handcraft stores with the most diverse styles and materials.

These garments were normally stereotyped with admirable native motifs and were primarily fine local traditional handcrafts.

Destined to a segment of customers who love the Andean mystique, young members of counter-culture and tourists fascinated with the opportunity to take a meaningful, practical souvenir back with them, the handcrafts charmed admirers of the delicate, warm wool of these camelids.

When modern national designers appeared they finally made the enormous potential of the Alpaca clear, within the most sophisticated world of fine confection and this initiated the vertiginous growth of Bolivian haute couture, using the noble fibres of this animal as their essential raw material.

The use of universal fashion patterns to produce garments that followed the required standards, led to the recognition of Alpaca fibre manufacturers among the most noteworthy segments of haute couture, nationally and internationally.

Today, the modern creations of Bolivian designers such as Liliana Castellanos have consolidated a well-earned reputation internationally both due to the particular advantages of the designs themselves, and the use of these marvellous Alpaca fibres.

The quality of this material is superior to that obtained from cashmere goats, the previous symbols of excellence in fibre in aspects such as finesse and softness to the touch.