Materials

Alpaca and Alpaca wool

Alpaka

What are alpacas?

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The alpaca belongs to the family of the camels are bred mainly for the production of wool. There are two types of alpacas, the Huacaya and the Suri, they differ predominantly in the wool. In the Suri alpacas turn the hair slightly curly hair and are close to the body and Huacaya have curly hair. Alpaca are mostly held in South America (Peru, Bolivia). An adult alpaca is size from about 75 to 100 cm, they have a weight of about 50-80 kg.


Alpaca and alpaca wool

Alpaca wool is one of the most valuable natural fibers of the world gives. Alpaca - wool is characterized by many positive desirable properties.

Properties of the alpaca:

Alpaca wool is very soft, up to 2 times stronger and up to 7x warmer than sheep wool, has its own luster, 22 natural colors.

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Awayo

What is Awayo?

Awayo is a traditional fabric and one of the main features of the Bolivian culture. It is widely distributed in the Andean regions. The word "Awayo" comes from the Aymara culture (Aguayo), often it is associated with certain products, it has no certain translation and Legend is the name of the substance.

The history of the fabric

The emergence of the Awayo goes back thousands of years, an accurate and reliable information was not to make unfortunately find. In general, the Awayo at hand woven by women. The poncho is an exclusively male Awayo clothing. The women wear blankets Awayo.

Uses of Awayo

The Awayo find many uses, they are used to transport food and material or as a diaper bag for babies. It is used as clothing and nowadays for the production of bags and handbags.

 

Colors, signs and symbols of Awayos

All colors and symbols of the "Awayo" have a certain significance. A "Awayo" consists of "pampa" and "pana". "Pana" is the basis, ie, the background color and "Pampa", the inlaid symbol.

synthetischer Awayo

 

Colors: In the ancient "Awayos" are dyes from animals, minerals and plants used. Today, synthetic colors are used very often. synthetic The handmade "Awayos", are very costly and time-consuming and contain more errors than manufactured Awayos, but just this error make any "Awayo" a special and unique work of art. The colors will be used factual and subjective. They depend on the community or of social rituals. When a person dies or for historical recognition is the color black is used. For example, the famous "red ponchos (ponchos rojos)" of Achacachi, were used only worn for an important event. Today, you are worn frequently, but only by so-called leaders of the communities. This poncho has thick red and thin black lines.

 

 

 

Symbols:

The used symboles are very different, often become gods, presented geometric figures or animals. You'll meet one of the most famous symbols of South America, the so-called "Andean Cross. For example, in the town of Jesús de Machaca, one of the most important symbols is the squirrel. Awayo JalkaAwayo Jalka "Jesús de Machaca" in the district of La Paz - Bolivia, a poncho in the same way, but here the black and red lines of the same thickness and are. These ponchos are "Guairurus called. "Andrés de Machaca" in the district of La Paz - Bolivia, are the characteristic colors are black and cream with thick and thin lines. These ponchos are called "Chinchilla

 

". The best known are Awayos "Jalka (Jalq'a) and" Tarabuco. "Tarabucos" have a variety of colors and tell a story. The front and back as a perfect negative. The "Jalkas are" black and red and ebenfals tell a story, but here both sides are equal. These two species from the district Chuquisaca - Bolivia.




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Chiffon

Mantille

What is chiffon?

Chiffon is a transparent, veil-like fabric. It is very soft, tender and feels very pleasant on the skin.

 

 

Properties of Chiffon

Chiffon is a very easy and pleasant to supporting Stoffl. Chiffon is quick drying and wrinkle-resistant.

 

Uses of chiffon

The properties of chiffon makes it a very desirable material for the manufacture of dresses, lingerie and shawls.

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Felt

What is felt?

Felt is a textile fabric structure by which the inherent properties of the felting of wool or other animal hair under the influence of pressure and moist heat is generated.


Properties of felt

Felt is organic, temperature, a noise, very warm and humidity, and pressure-expandable.

Uses of felt

Because of its many positive qualities sit Felt is very versatile in its uses. For this reason, I want to name a few, Felt, felt boots, sound and heat insulation.

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Tocuyo

What is Tocuyo?

Tocuyo is a more or less coarse cotton cloth from the Andean region.

Properties Tocuyo

Tocuyo is very tough, skin-friendly and has a good moisture absorption.

 

Uses of Tocuyo

The use of Tocuyo in the Andes widespread. Tocuyo e.g. used in the manufacture of clothing and handbags.

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Nubuck leather

What is Nubuck?

Nubuck leather is a very soft and velvety leather. The leather is polished to a smooth grain side and strongly roughened, that it has obtained the velvety surface. To prepare for mainly beef and veal leather are also used leather from llamas.

 

Properties of nubuck leather

Nubuck leather is a very robust and insensitive leather. Warm and very kind to skin.

 

Use of nubuck leather

Nubuck leather is used for the manufacture of handbags and clothing.

 

Note:

Rain can certainly drop by his spots left on the leather. If you run into a rainstorm, they should note the following: they rubbed the moisture with a soft, lint-free cloth. Let the leather dry and rough refinement crepe with a brush again. If you pay attention to those advices, you will enjoy the beauty of this leather for a long time and the rain will leave no traces.

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Wood

 

What types of wood we use?

We use traditional wood (eg Tarara) from the different regions. All woods are from environmentally sustainable sources, which are often protected by local communities themselves, as they are a part of nature and culture.

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