This project represents our passion and endeavour to produce
the best knitwear and woollen accessories available today.
Since 2006 The Inoue Brothers has travelled the South American Andes. Through this journey they have forged a partnership with Pacomarca Alpaca Research Facility to produce the finest Alpaca fibre.
Local alpaca herders working at Pacomarca.
The heart of the alpaca industry, the sorting plant.
The cheerful sorting plant manager.
The people of the Andes
Pacomarca is a research facility initiated due to the steady decline in the fine-fibre production over the past 30 years in the Andean regions. The heritage, culture and way of life for the indigenous communities in these rural and harsh environments, has been jeopardised through abandonment of government and educational organisations’ lack of support and investment for the poorest people of the country. More than five million indigenous people live below the poverty line in the highlands of Peru.
Rural women are the worst affected and nearly 70 per cent of them are extremely poor. Rural women play an important role in the subsistence economy. They work in agriculture and tend livestock, such as alpacas, and they engage in income-generating activities. Women may represent as much as 80 per cent of a family’s labour force and thanks to their productive activities, in addition to traditional household tasks and child-care, women make it possible for their husbands to migrate in search of temporary work, often in the growing mining industry.
The Pacomarca project endeavours to breed pedigree alpacas, using state-of-the-art technology and specialised veterinarian personnel. Here they have created systems and hold seminars for the herding communities teaching basic shearing techniques and fibre sorting procedures, which empowers the herders with knowledge to generate a much greater income from their existing herds. As this is a vital aspect for fine-fibre production, the herders have the opportunity to increase their revenue from the raw fibre without having to invest in expensive equipment. The motive and intention behind this initiative is purely to better the raw fibre needed for the fine-fibre market’s demand and to incentivise the indigenous communities’ original way of life without splitting the families to create economic stability.
The finest alpaca
The Inoue Brothers’ relationship to Pacomarca has resulted in a special partnership to produce the finest alpaca fibre available in the world today. Together with new ideas and projects to create further income generating opportunities for the indigenous communities, The Inoue Brothers and Pacomarca endeavours to be in the vanguard of the fine-fibre production in The Andes.
The extraordinary alpaca wool
Alpacas have been domesticated for over 5.000 years by the indigenous people of South America, for their exceptionally fine wool. The Incas, who once ruled the natural environment of the alpaca (Peru, Bolivia and Chile), spun the remarkable fibre to produce luxurious fabrics exclusively for their divine royalty.
A herd of alpacas and llamas.
Examining the fineness of the fibre.
The harsh environment of the Andes.
Pure Andean Alpaca
The warmth of nature
Alpaca fleece is soft and contains almost no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. The unique hollow core of the fibre gives the alpaca wool a natural insulation that keeps in or lets out body heat according to body warmth and the temperature of the surrounding environment.
Bubble Knit Happi CardiganShop
Turtle neck pullover
Bubble knit hoody
Crew neck button sweater