From Malbec to alpaca scarfs, G20 leaders showered with Argentine gifts

Egypt Today
By: Reuters
Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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BUENOS AIRES - 30 November 2018: The leaders of the world's largest economies received alpaca scarfs, silver bracelets, wine from Argentina's Mendoza region and teas from Patagonia as they arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday for the first G20 summit to be held in South America.

Heads of the Group of 20 industrialized nations touched down in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, for what looked to be a tough two-day summit that opens on Friday, with big differences on major issues including trade, migration and climate change.

But first they were treated to a taste of Argentina.

Women received silver bracelets with a commemorative design while men received alpaca scarfs woven in Catamarca, a mountainous province in western Argentina.

A spokesman for President Mauricio Macri's office said first lady Juliana Awada had personally selected the gifts. Awada posted a video on Instagram of women hand-weaving the scarfs in Catamarca, using a technique hundreds of years old.

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Why did the alpaca get into the Peruvian taxi? Video of little girl and her farm animal squeezing into a tiny car baffles viewers

Daily Mail     
By: Bhvishya Patel
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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An alpaca was spotted taking a taxi ride home on a busy street in Peru during a comical moment caught on camera.

During the amusing video the animal patiently waits outside the small red vehicle parked on a cobbled street in Cusco as cars are seen driving past.

A young girl is seen holding the door open for the alpaca before it casually clambers onto the back seat without hesitation.

As the camera draws closer to the window the owner appears to be giving the driver directions while the alpaca stares outside the window at the passing cars.

At ease with the furry creature that has just entered the taxi the driver allows the animal to remain on board.

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The Inca group received the finest alpaca fiber

By: Roberth Orihuela Q.
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from Vaaju.

More than five years ago, in Moquegua, remains of Inca weave were found with 18 micron thick alpaca fiber. This is three times thinner than a human hair. When the news reached the representatives of the International Alpaca Association (AIA), they were surprised. Until then, the thinnest alpaca fiber in the market was 23 microns. What techniques are the ink cartridges needed to get such a quality?

It was then that the textile companies working with the alpacifs began to investigate. After a few years of genetic improvement, the inks can be compared. But yesterday a textile company Inca Group (Incalpaca) presented a 16 micron fiber.

"It's a work of genetics and shear technology, we could do a thousand pieces of clothing with this batch and we can get more with the incentives that we give comuneros," explained Samuel Revilla, Landschef by Kuna, the brand premium.

This was the great news of the first day of the Alpaca Fiesta 2018 This event brings together 80 Peruvian producers, national and international designers and 60 buyers from Europe, the United States and Asia.

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The rarest fabric on Earth

By: Meg Lukens Noonan & Tom Garmeson
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

Original content from BBC.
The once-endangered vicuna is thriving in the Peruvian Andes, thanks to a bold plan to sustainably gather and sell its valuable fleece – and give locals a stake in its survival.

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