Since ancient times, the alpaca has been the cultural symbol of Peru - its fleece was cherished by members of the Incan civilization and referred to as "The Fiber of the Gods." Today, alpaca is also the key to helping more than 150,000 of the poorest families in the Andes Mountain region of Peru who rely on the alpaca for their prime source of income. Herders in the Arequipa area of Peru deal directly with factories so they're able to cut out middlemen and receive a higher percentage of profits. In turn, this alpaca garment facility also contributes part of its profits back into the community to benefit education and health care programs for the herders.The factory itself is a model of modern, comfortable manufacturing where workers are paid fairly and treated with respect. You'll look good and feel even better wearing their impeccable creations.