At Lanart, we take great care to ensure ecological, animal friendly, and socially responsible practices are utilized in the crafting of our quality Alpaca products. Our fiber and pelts come from trusted quality sources in the local peasant community surrounding our Peruvian operations, we reinvest in these communities, we only employ native families, and we promote the utilization of their traditional Quechua practices as a viable means to a living wage.
One such example is that in 1988 Angelo broadened his product offerings and began selling alpaca garments. During a buying trip in the Altiplano, he was approached by a group of women calling themselves "Grupo de Madres" (mothers club); a group of very talented and industrious women who make hand-knit and crocheted Alpaca garments from their homes.
Being able to work from home enables them to care for their households while they create products - practicing techniques handed down from generation to generation. Angelo wanted to help the Grupo de Madres keep the tradition of knitting that had been passed down through countless generations from dying out.
Lanart now works with eight different groups consisting of 24 women each. The women utilize Lanart's designs, while using the best quality Alpaca yarn provided by Angelo through Grupo Inca, whom he represents here in the United States.
Naturally, word has gotten around about how helpful and kind Angelo is to the local people. Consequently, he is now approached by new artisans offering a myriad of unusual Alpaca items each time he visits Peru.
Additionally, Lanart strives to adhere to ecologically friendly processes in its operations in Peru as well as the U.S.; always seeking to have a smaller ecological footprint. For instance, all the chemicals used in Lanart's unique tanning process are environmentally friendly - including the dyes. As a matter of fact, even Lanart's raw material procurement utilizes the natural ecological cycle of life in the Andes.
Our hand selected baby Alpaca pelts for our soft sculptured stuffed animals come from crias (baby alpacas) who die of natural causes - none are killed. In the Altiplano highlands of Peru and Bolivia where most of the Alpacas are raised, natural conditions are so harsh that many crias are lost every year, which ensures this steady supply of pelts.