A need to be mindful of resources drives and informs our choice of materials, and we consciously work with a variety of animal fibres to help relieve the pressure on a single resource and lighten the load placed on farmed land used to create fibres. For this season, alpaca wool has become a resource we’ve leant on more heavily as one that draws on the world’s soil more sustainably. Alpacas’ natural habitat is high up in the Andes; at this altitude the water supply is natural and the land is not generally suitable for agriculture.
A community's legacy
Breeding alpacas has been an important source of income to Peruvian communities for thousands of years. Paintings on the rock faces more than 8000 years ago were a reference to the interaction between ancient Peruvians and the alpacas. To more than 1 million small alpaca farmers in the central Andes of South America, alpacas are an important pillar for livelihood and form part of their cultural identity. At present, it is estimated that 3.7 million alpacas inhabit the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, representing 80% of the worldwide alpaca population.
Pictured: Fog Throw
It’s a philosophy that mirrors our own: the choice to support limited, carefully managed quantities; a traceable, fair process; and a source of creative fuel that regenerates and gives back.
Alpaca fibre comes in more than 22 natural colours. These colours are classified into 9 pure colours; white, light fawn, light camel, camel, light brown, brown, grey, brown/black and black. Alpaca fibre can be blended into an infinite array of natural colours thereby avoiding industrial dyeing and saving important amounts of water and energy. We use undyed alpaca fibres in 3 natural occurring shades for our Autumn-Winter collection.
It’s a philosophy that mirrors our own: the choice to support limited, carefully managed quantities; a traceable, fair process; and a source of creative fuel that regenerates and give back, not just to communities and families but to the land and the environment from which it borrows.
Discover the collection
This autumn–winter Bamford has turned to the fields and farms of England and the wild landscapes of Scotland with a collection that draws inspiration from the resource that gives life to its creations – the earth’s soil.