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# Smart Alpaca

Fashion, Craft and Technology

2016

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In collaboration with the technological institute AITEX and as part of the IED Perú Design Net in Lima, IED REC develops an investigation around the alpaca fiber, one of the Perús finest raw materials.

 

Alpaca Wool is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It can be light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Also, alpaca fiber is water-repellent and practically fireproof. Alpacas are originally from South America, where their fiber is known as “The Fiber of the Gods”, and was used to make clothing for royalty. In recent years, alpaca have been exported to other countries, such as USA, New Zealand or Australia. With this project, we want to go back to its origins and build new and innovative uses for this amazing material using a technological approach.

 

An inspired team, built by a fashion designer, a scientist and a textile weaver, investigated this precious natural fiber, including new technologies and intelligent agents and finishings towards the construction of textiles, experimenting with different textures.

 

The result of this project is a collection of 30 textile samples that expresses the wealth of its possibilities, and the way technology can combine with sensibility, functionality and aesthetics in a magical way.

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