Quality and excellence built on the foundation of experience
As a freshly minted pharmacist and nurse beginning married life in 1972, we had no intention of returning to the family farm in NE, breeding llamas, moving to CO to raise our family, building a wilderness packing operation; and we certainly had no intention of producing a line of clothing made of llama fiber. Throughout our lives we have repeatedly gone off script and made what we thought were the responses necessary to serve our values and to answer the demands placed on our lives. So here we are, forty + years later, at the age most people are retiring, working as hard as ever to establish the viability of this company and its unique product.
Connecting to the altiplano
The common thread between the aymara and us
Having extensive experience with llamas and their fiber, a lifetime of dressing for life lived outdoors, an appreciation of the Aymara culture and its tie to the environment of the altiplano region, and the connections and relationships with the many people necessary to collaborate on such a multifaceted venture; we occupy a position no one else shares. To not bring this product to market would leave us with a legacy of thievery, possibly robbing the Aymara of an opportunity to strengthen their tenuous tie to the altiplano and robbing outdoorsmen of the choice of superior protection.
Quality & Endurance
We want our customers to experience true value in the quality, endurance, beauty, and ethic of our products. We want economic viability and appreciation for the Aymara and the remarkable llamas they oversee.
life-long Connections through clothing
To have Altiplano’s clothing create an enduring connection between the Aymara’s traditional culture and the North American outdoorsman’s ongoing need for optimum protection would contribute greatly to maintaining the historic balance of the people, the llamas, and the land of the altiplano. This connection is our ultimate goal.