The history of alpaca dyeing and production in rural areas of Perú is fascinating. It is a masterful blend of both precision and nature that results in the vibrant and beautiful colours of traditional clothing.
It begins with the raw material required to produce certain colours. These are taken from the natural surroundings. Oftentimes different flowers, plants and even seeds are used to produce a rainbow of colors. They are harvested, often by hand, and used in the production process.
Alpaca comes in a variety of natural shades that range from pure white to black. This raw fiber is then spun into yarn in order to be ready for the dyeing process. The yarn is then boiled along with the dye for different amounts of time depending on the depth and complexity of the colour.
Once the yarn is dyed it is hung up to dry, as you see in the picture. The yarn is then re-spun, plied, and formed into cones in order to begin the sewing process. This process is lengthy and time-consuming, but the end result is worth it. An array of vibrant and natural colours that are rich with depth and hue.