Isle of Wight shop staff travel to Peru to source hand crafted alpaca products

Isle of Wight County Press  
By: James Woolven 
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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 STAFF at Isle of Wight clothing boutique, Peruvian Threads, travelled all the way to Peru to source handmade alpaca products direct from the crafters.

Based at West Wight Alpacas, Wellow, Peruvian Threads is a steadily growing business specialising in alpaca fibre clothing and accessories.

Staff have recently returned from a product hunting trip, scouring the huge markets of Cusco, Lima and Arequipa, hand selecting new stock.

They spent just over a week in Peru, visiting traders and crafters all over the country, sometimes battling with altitude sickness in the mountainous regions to complete long days in the markets.

 The clothing boutique at West Wight Alpacas began life as a specialist retailer for owners Neil and Michelle Payne's own alpaca fibre produced on the farm.

As the shop grew, Neil and Michelle decided to expand into the colourful products they now source from Peru.

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