Alicia Adams and her family raise and manage a herd of over 200 suri alpacas, one of the world’s rarest breeds, at her family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. The farm is comprised of 80 acres of rolling meadows, dense woods and beautiful ponds.
Alicia embarked on creating Alicia Adams Alpaca in 2009. Raised and educated in Mexico, Europe and the United States, and with a background in fashion, Alicia adds an urban edge to her classic designs. She produces textiles utilizing the natural and sustainable characteristics of the rare and luxurious alpaca wool. The alpacas at the farm are shorn yearly and their fiber processed into yarns for home wares and clothing. All Alicia Adams Alpaca products are manufactured in the United States and in Peru utilizing the incredible handiwork of local artisans who continue the pre-Incan tradition of working alpaca fibers. In an effort to give back to them, Alicia Adams Alpaca actively supports artisan families and their communities.
Alpaca, one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, is a jewel amid all the synthetic fibers found in our everyday lives. Softer than cashmere, and available in a wide array of colors, alpaca serves as a natural thermostat by using microscopic air pockets to trap body heat in cooler temperatures and to release heat in warmer weather.
Alpaca wool is harvested from the alpaca, a New World Camelid that is native to the high, remote Andean plains of South America. With an estimate of only three million alpacas worldwide, some 90% found in the southern regions of Peru, the alpaca is one of the rarest species on Earth.
As the principle material if Incan textiles for thousands of years, alpaca wool, “the gold of the Andes,” has always been highly sort after. Today, the world of high fashion cherishes alpaca not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes; its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic and lightweight qualities. Alpaca comes in 24 shades of naturally occurring fiber as alpacas range from white through all shades of grey and brown and black.