Mountain of Indigenous Knowledge in Peru

United News of India
By: United News of India
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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United Nations, Aug 19 (UNI) Indigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.

The Suri alpaca, an animal which is similar to a llama, is known for its soft coat which makes high quality but delicate yarn.

In recent years the Suri yarn has lost popularity because it’s harder to spin, dye, knit and weave. As a result, local communities have turned towards more profitable alpaca yarns.

Now, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), those communities are becoming reacquainted with the traditional knowledge and techniques needed to work Suri, and crucially, learning how to market their goods from a remote location.

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Peru launches JingDong online alpaca clothing store to conquer China market

By: Andina
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Peru's Trade Office in Beijing (Ocex Beijing) and Chinese companies will allow the Inca nation's alpaca garment exporters to cash in some US$1.5 million a year.

The agreement thus paves the way for Peruvian alpaca clothing to conquer the increasingly demanding Chinese market.

In this sense, Ocex Beijing forecast a US$500,000 first-year revenue for each Peruvian exporting firm as a result of the arrangement, before tripling sales to US$1.5 million in the second year.

The MoU presentation ceremony saw the presence of Peru's Economic and Commercial Counsellor in Beijing Diana Pita, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) Deputy Dean Ronglin Jia and e-commerce platform JingDong Vice President Yuechuan Qu.

The project to open an online Peruvian alpaca garment store is the result of the Andean country's collaboration with BIFT, JingDong Group, as well as Chinese executives who participated in Peru Moda fashion trade show.

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Cloning Alpacas Is Latest Goal for Oldest College in the Americas

Latin American Herald Tribune   
By: Latin American Herald Tribune
Photo: Courtesy of Wikimeida Commons
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LIMA – After opening the world’s first alpaca cloning laboratory, Lima’s San Marcos University – the oldest college in the Americas – is making strides in alpaca embryo manipulation.

Mimicking the process that results in the birth of human identical twins – which develop from only one zygote – the project aims to manipulate a mature alpaca embryo to cause it to split in two.

“We are trying to emulate the natural process that produces human twins under normal conditions,” biologist, professor and science team leader Martha Valdivia told EFE.

Justified by the importance alpacas have in Peru’s economy – their fine wool being one of the country’s flagship products – the project has been 20 years in the making and is making strides in alpaca cloning.

Highly specialized cloning research has been possible here since 2017, when the project was awarded the federal funds needed to develop a complex reproductive biotechnology unit at the San Marcos Biological Sciences department, which opened this past April.

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Tourists flock to Peru's newly discovered Rainbow Mountain for perfect Instagram selfies

1 News Now
By: Frances Jenner
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Photo Caption: In this April 5, 2018 photo, community leader Gabino Human poses for a photo backdropped by Rainbow Mountain, in Pitumarca, Peru.
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Tourists gasp for breath as they climb for two hours to a peak in the Peruvian Andes that stands 5000 metres above sea level. They're dead tired, but stunned by the magical beauty unfurled before them.

Stripes of turquoise, lavender and gold blanket what has become known as "Rainbow Mountain," a ridge of multicoloured sediments laid down millions of years ago and pushed up as tectonic plates clashed.

It's only within the last five years that the natural wonder has been discovered by the outside world, earning it must-see status on Peru's burgeoning backpacker tourist circuit.

"You see it in the pictures and you think it's Photoshopped — but it's real," said Lukas Lynen, an 18-year-old tourist from Mexico.

The popularity of Rainbow Mountain, which attracts up to 1000 tourists each day, has provided a much-needed economic jolt to this remote region populated by struggling alpaca herders.

Environmentalists, however, fear the tourists could destroy the treasured landscape, which is already coveted by international mining companies.

"From the ecological point of view they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs," said Dina Farfan, a Peruvian biologist who has studied threatened wildlife in the area just a few hours from the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

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