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Fleece Crafts in Andean Cultures

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

To purchase handmade Andean garments during one’s Ecuador tours, travel to Patagonia or anywhere in between is to learn about the history and cultural values of a people, a perspective dulled by the machine-made properties of most clothing tourists buy at home. Long before the Incas, indigenous populations crafted garments from the fleece of the plentiful camelid species of South America. Alpaca is an Aymara word. Llama, vicuna and guanaco come from the Inca’s Quechuan language.

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