OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

At Arms of Andes we SINGLE SOURCE our products.
This means we carry out every stage of production - from sourcing our fleece and yarn, to manufacturing the fabric and the garments - in one country: PERU. We keep our supply chain as short as possible to ensure traceability of our products and reduce our overall carbon footprint. 

THE STAGES OF PRODUCTION IN PERU

infographic of the Arms of Andes supply chain in Peru

Fleece Production 

Small scale farmers - usually individual families - shear their alpacas in the highland areas of Southern Peru. Women sort the fiber into different qualities by touch.

hands parting the fleece of an alpaca to show the crimp of the wool

Yarn Production

The fleece is taken overland to sustainable processing plants, where it is washed with biodegradable detergent and water heated by solar panels. The washed wool is processed into "wool tops", then spun into yarn.

a top of semi-processed white alpaca wool

Fabric Production

From southern Peru, the yarn is taken overland to Lima on the central coast, where it is knitted into our unique fabrics.

making the fabric into alpaca wool clothes

Garment Production

The fabric is cut into the shapes and then is stitched together to form the final garments. 

sewing alpaca wool clothes in Peru

Distribution

Garments are then shipped by air to our distribution centers in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. When you place your order, your garments are shipped to you from the nearest distribution center.

map of the world showing single sourced alpaca wool clothes going from Peru to the US and the Netherlands

Coloring Your Clothes

Depending on the type of dye - natural or synthetic - they are added at different stages of the manufacturing process:

  • Synthetic dyes (black, navy and lilac) are added at the wool top stage, so we use pre-colored yarn to create the fabrics.
  • Natural dyes (indigo, cochineal, eucalyptus and molle) are added to the finished garments, which are sent to artisanal dyeing workshops where they are hand-dyed in small batches.
hands pulling cochineal red alpaca wool clothes out of dye solution

Short supply chains and a focus on sustainable production, mean that we can keep our transportation carbon footprint low and ensure traceability of our products.

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