The llama is the most important camelid in the economy of rural families in the province of Jujuy, where more than half of the llamas of all of Argentina are concentrated.
Family farmers have been breeding them since ancient times in the Puna areas of our country, where the climate is very arid and intensely cold. Removing their fiber at least once every two years is necessary to preserve the health of these animals, so the production of items with their fiber perfectly complements their comprehensive use.
Argentina is the third biggest global producer of sheep wool. This natural fiber has excellent properties of warmth and plasticity, so it can be used for different types of fabrics and felts.
In the communities with which we work, the sheep are bred extensively. This means that they graze on the hill during the day, in mixed herds with goats and, when the sun goes down, they return to their pens that are a few meters away from the family homes to protect themselves from the cold and from natural predators. Women usually spin the yarn using spindles and men weave the yarn in looms planted in the ground.
The goat breeding is the main breeding activity of the rural communities that inhabit the Argentine northwest. These animals provide milk, meat and leather to the family economy. In flocks that are usually mixed with sheep, the goats graze freely on the hills during the day, and return to the family shelter for the night.
The leathers with which we work are produced from the animals used by families for their own meat consumption.