Our Sustainable Knitwear Journey
From Chile and Peru to Vancouver, from the South to the North of America, the West Coast along the Pacific Ocean has been our family’s home for more than a decade. Ahblo knitwear is a tribute to that journey.
We value ethical production, safe working conditions, and traditional techniques. All of our cozy fair trade alpaca clothing is designed in Vancouver, Canada and manufactured in Peru by local artisans who preserve, day to day, the pre-Inca traditions linked to alpaca fibres.
We are committed to sustainability and keeping our supply chain within the West Coast.
Our Primary Partners
Working very closely with 14 workshops joining more than 120 families, including approximately 40% women in Arequipa, Cusco and Lima—Peruvian Traditions implements sustainable and circular fashion procedures recognized by the Global Reporting Initiative.
Being part of the Fashion Revolution international movement, Peruvian Traditions SAC values equally the creativity, the environment and the people. They help us to source certified high quality alpaca yarns of well known origin that is treated according to international ecological standards and tested for harmful substances.
Fair Trade Knitwear
Peruvian Traditions SAC is a Fair Trade certified company, which means that they pay fair wages to workers, promotes sustainable production methods, and fosters positive community development.
Our Alpaca Yarn Suppliers
With more than 87 years of experience in processing alpaca fibres, Michell is a member of the International Alpaca Association. As a leader in implementing respectful shearing practices and ensuring the care of the alpacas, Michell has been awarded with the Responsible Alpaca Standard certification.
Michell complies with international ecological standards, and has been awarded with the OEKO-TEX 100, Organic Content Standard and Global Organic Textile Standard. These certifications highlight Michell's commitment to maintaining environmentally-friendly practices in its operations. The OEKO-TEX 100 certification indicates that textile products have been tested for harmful substances and deemed safe for human use. The Organic Content Standard certification confirms that Michell's products contain a specified amount of organic material, ensuring the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Lastly, the Global Organic Textile Standard certification certifies that Michell's textile products are made with organic fibres and produced under strict social and environmental criteria.
Our Natural Dyes
All our baby alpaca wool pieces are dyed with natural colorants derived from plants, or minerals. Following a traditional technique, we treat flowers and other vegetables including the Tarwi flower, beetroots, purple corns, achiotes, molles, chilcas, and eucalyptus, to obtain colors for our alpaca sweaters and accessories.
By choosing to color our alpaca fibers the natural way, we eliminate the need for harsh synthetic dyes that can be toxic to the environment. This not only reduces pollution but also minimizes the use of water and energy in the dyeing process.
Each plant and mineral used in our dyeing process has its own unique properties and colors. This means that each garment we create is one-of-a-kind. This gives our customers the opportunity to own something truly unique and special.
Our Natural Dyes
All our pieces are dyed with natural colorants derived from plants, or minerals. Following a traditional technique, we treat flowers and other vegetables including the Tarwi flower, beetroots, purple corns, achiotes, molles, chilcas, and eucalyptus, to obtain our colours.
Our garments are more friendly to the environment but also more unique.