The owner, David Dent, and his family are offering
a high quality hand made product from a family business showing
respect for the environment, the Peruvian artisans and their traditions.
The family lives several months of the year on the Peruvian Altiplano,
where the air and vegetation are thin and the Alpacas
are numerous, freely grazing on plants (Lichens are their favorites).
November and December are the main months for shearing. The alpaqueros
are then fully employed in this task and it is at their homes or
at the wool market that the Dents first go to buy un-spun wool.
Then comes the spinning, knitting and weaving. The Dents bring the
wool to the artisans who are mostly the same each year since they
have formed close links and established a trusting relationship
with the Altiplano people.
The knitters work with skill and enthusiasm seldom
seen here. They set their conditions and prices, but then happily
knit and weave to create the clothing, ponchos and blankets they
like and that will satisfy the requirements of the Dent family.
All artisans participating in the manufacture of the products that
will be brought back to Quebec receive a just salary for their
expert work, and are also given respect and gratitude for their
art, culture and tradition. Buying an article at the Alpaqa boutique
will not encourage exploitation. On the contrary, it will encourage
a commerce where everyone benefits, namely the artisans who
maintain a superior level of living compared to others thanks to
After the manufacturing stage comes the task of washing
where everybody gives a hand in the removal of straw that remains
in the wool . These last steps contribute to strengthening the friendship
and solidarity between the Peruvians and the Quebec travellers
who on top of closely following and helping the artisans' work,
participate in many other daily activities such as cooking, birthdays
and traditional feasts.
The alpaqueros shear the alpacas
in November and December.
Selecting the fleeces
The weaver at his loom
Knitters in full production.
Finally, the products must be washed.