Indigenous to the Andes, and part of Bolivian cultural history, Alpaca yarn is often described as the “material of the Gods.” Alpaca yarn is stronger, softer, and warmer than wool. It is hypoallergenic and is an annually renewable resource. Alpacas have a light carbon footprint and a low impact on the environment they feed on. Also, harvesting Alpaca yarn requires significantly less energy, water, and zero chemicals than synthetics.
Acai seeds come from the Acai Palm (Euterpe oleracea), indigenous to the rainforests of South America. The acai palm tree if often cut down for its wood and cleared to make pastures for cattle farming. By promoting the sales of acai seed jewelry, we can encourage the cultivation of the acai berry rather than the harvesting of the tree. The bombona seed comes from a palm tree (Iriartea deltoidea) indigenous to Central and South America. Our seed jewelry is dyed using low-impact dyes that seal to the seed by “roasting” them in the sun.
This colorful, woven Bolivian textile is traditionally used for a variety of day-to-day purposes. It is durable enough to hold groceries and carry children, and warm enough to sleep in. Beyond its practical uses, the cloth, which typically features stripes, shapes, and symbols, traditionally provided indigenous people a way to tell stories, record histories, convey emotions, and express dreams.