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Design

Great design effortlessly combines function and form. A simple, cuffed beanie made from 100% all-natural baby alpaca yarn will be your new favorite companion in the great outdoors or on your daily commute.

Materials

The World's Greatest Beanie must be made from the world's best fiber. We worked with a historic yarn producer in Peru to source the best Alpaca yarns that are also environmentally friendly.

Materials

To truly understand the amazing craftsmanship that went into every step of creating this beanie, we traveled to see how it was made and to meet the very people who have practiced each craft for decades. We can’t wait to introduce you...

What Makes It Great What Makes It Great

ECO-FRIENDLY

Alpaca are an extremely environmentally friendly animal. They produce high fiber yields with less food and water resources. Additionally, we chose to use natural, undyed colors for each color.

VERSATILE

The lightweight and long-lasting fiber has exceptional breathability to keep you comfortable in a wide range of climates.

“FIBER OF THE GODS”

The use of alpaca fibers for clothing traces back 6000 years to the high plateaus of the Andes Mountain Range and the Incan civilization who lived there. It has stood the test of time and is still regarded as one of the premium fibers in use today.

SOFTNESS

Baby alpaca fibers (named for the fineness of the fiber, not the age of the animal) are hand-selected for their superior softness.

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Farmer

Horacio lives at an altitude that is home to only a fraction of earth’s population. At 14,000 feet, the Peruvian Altiplano is beautiful and unforgiving. Those who live there have developed an ability to carry more oxygen in their blood, allowing them to function well in the thin air. This allows Horacio -- and his son Ronaldinho -- to hike throughout the high rolling plains and care for a herd of alpaca, a job that their family has done for generations.

Farmer
Shearer

Near the farm stands a series of simple brick buildings with tin roofs. Every spring (late August in the Southern Hemisphere) the alpaca are sheared and their fur is harvested. Mauro has been skillfully shearing alpaca for all of his adult life. No harm is done to the animal in the process. Alpaca have one of the highest and most efficient fiber yields of any animal, and it is a completely renewable resource.

Farmer
Fiber Selector

The fiber selection is a beautifully simple process. Baby alpaca yarn is made from only the finest of alpaca fibers. Its name comes from the diameter of the fiber, not the age of the animal. In order to identify these fibers, Basilia carefully inspects each bundle of fur by hand and separates the regular alpaca fiber from the baby alpaca fiber. This care and attention to detail is what makes this yarn so highly prized.

Fiber Selector
Yarn Maker

Since 1931, Michell Group has passionately pursued and advanced the art of yarn making, while maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of their most beloved resource -- alpaca. Here at their factory in Arequipa, Jenny oversees the process that turns raw fibers into beautiful yarns using their state of the art equipment. The result is the most consistent and quality end product for the World’s Greatest Beanie.

Yarn Maker
Craftswoman

The finished yarn is loaded onto trucks in the Peruvian Highlands and descends nearly 14,000 feet to arrive at sea level and Krochet Kids Peru. Here, this yarn is not only a necessary component to creating the World’s Greatest Beanie, but it is also a means to empowerment. Women working here take part in an empowerment model run by KK intl. that provides consistent employment, a 3-year education curriculum, and one-on-one mentorship. In this way, they are being equipped to break the cycle of poverty, permanently. Yanet is one of the women who participate in our programs and she might be the one who hand-signs the beanie you purchase.

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