The Peruvian textile history began five thousand years ago when weavers from pre-Inca and Inca cultures mastered the natural fibers of cotton and alpaca. Today, these ancestral techniques, mixed together with a modern and competitive manufacturing industry, result in the production of top quality garments for the discerning international market.
Key Benefits of Manufacturing in Peru:
Peru is a global leader in terms of social responsibility, sustainability and environmental care. Peru’s textile and manufacturing industries not only have a positive impact on the lives of the farmers it supports but also all the people in the production chain, from yarn makers to spinners and weavers to the factory employees, too. At Peru Moda, you will find manufacturers with a variety of internationally recognized certifications, including GOTS, WRAP, OEKO-TEX, and WFTO certified, among others.
“Gossypium barbadense” is the scientific name for the cotton grown in Peru. The pre-Inca cultures cultivated and wore Pima cotton. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Pima (in Piura) and Tangüis (in Ica) varieties of cotton emerged, which are unique. Their extra long staple length, results in unparalleled softeness, quality as well as durability and resistance to pilling. In addition, Pima cotton garments have a special shine and hand feel that is unlike any other, while Tangüis is perfect for blending with other natural and synthetic fibers to make technologically advanced materials.
Peru is home to 80% of the global Alpaca population. Alpaca has many qualities unique to itself that make it stand out and above the rest: the fibers contain no lanolin, requiring less washing and saving water, they are naturally hypoallergenic and come in a range of 22 colors, which can then be easily dyed into a limitless array of colors. Plus, Alpaca is breathable, lightweight and so soft.
Special programs are being developed in Peru for Alpaca farmers that focus on optimizing Alpaca breeding and improving its genetic resource management.
The goal is to advance the quality of the fiber and the quality of life of the alpaca breeders, whose livelihood depends on this camelid.alpacadelperu.com.pe