Alpacas began being imported into the United States in 1984 and its fiber was solely processed commercially in Central America, leaving U.S. Alpaca farms with very few viable options to process their herds’ fiber.
Today we have formed wonderful partnerships with Peruvian women, making significant impact on their incomes, quality of life and health care by paying them fair wages for their beautiful work. There are very few alpaca mills or equipment in the USA allowing us to process luxury garments and products, although this is beginning to change.
It was vital to the industry to begin processing their fiber in the USA, and a little over 12 years ago many farms like ours began banding together and partnering with U.S. mills.
Today this has resulted in a mutually beneficial partnership.
Alpaca farms are more viable by having a domestic output for their yearly fiber harvests, and U.S. textiles mills have found a new and unique natural fiber to work with and innovate.
As new life is breathed into the U.S. manufacturing base, more high-quality jobs are being created and in turn, communities are being strengthened across the country.
On top of that small regional-based agriculture is flourishing and enriching their local communities.
Today at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm we shear 400 lbs of extremely high quality alpaca fiber and work with both US & Peruvian designers to have out products made. We also partner with many US farms collaborating to combine our fiber allowing shops like ours to have enough fiber to stay in business. Should you want yarn or other products specifically from US fiber or production please let us know and we can direct you to specific items. All purchases of alpaca support local small business, alpaca farms, sustainable fiber production and our partners throughout the world growing this amazing product.