We are so pleased to stock this beautiful baby alpaca yarn from Pichinku Fibers of Peru. Ethically sourced and botanically dyed in small batches using seasonal plants and flowers, this yarn is super soft and simply gorgeous.
Iskay is the signature Pichinku base and celebrates the rich Andean fibre tradition that introduced alpacas to the world. Made from 100% Peruvian baby alpaca, this DK weight yarn has a luxurious high twist with superb softness and beautiful tone depth.
This 12 ply yarn is ridiculously soft and is perfect for and project requiring double knitting weight yarn.
Brand Name:Pichinku Fibers Yarn Base:100% Baby Alpaca Skein Weight: 100g Length: 225 metres / 246 yards Needle / Hook Size: 3.5 - 4.5mm (US 4 - 7) Care Instructions: Natural dyes fade beautifully with time and may run a little when washed but will retain their vibrancy with proper care. We recommend hand washing in cold water with a drop of pH neutral detergent and laying flat to dry away from direct sunlight.
Pichinku is a social enterprise that produces all natural yarn, botanically dyed in small batches by the skilled hands of women artisans in Cusco, Peru.
Pichinku (pee-cheen-koo, meaning "little bird" in the native Quechua language) yarn is sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially conscious. Each unique skein is part of the ancient heritage of the Andes mountains, and supports the health of its people and breath taking landscapes.
Pichinku is run by Dana and the girls - three sisters, Angela, Santusa and Leonarda. They have all worked together since 2013, creating naturally dyed textiles and yarn. They come from very different worlds but have found communion and friendship in their shared passion for preserving artisanal crafts in Peru.
All of their yarn is ethically sourced and vetted to ensure the highest quality and environmental standards.
Dye materials are harvested according to their seasonal availability and in environmentally conscious quantities. Although some plants grow nearby to their workshop, they will often travel many hours into remote corners of the neighbouring valleys to find less common materials.
Some plants need to be worked while still fresh, giving a narrow time frame for dyeing, while others can be dried and stored. All materials are prepared by hand - pounding, grinding, soaking etc. - before being added to the dye pots, boiled and, in most cases, strained.