All Things Alpaca Ecuador has offered a variety of fine textiles in its production cycles; currently blankets are available.  With the help of neighbors in what is locally called an “exchange of hands”, Patricia clips the raw fiber, classifies it by color and into five grades of fineness, and has it processed into yarn in Ecuadorian spinning mills.  She uses no additives, adherents or other tricks of the spinning trade that make the yarn attractive at the moment of sale but compromise its ability to age gracefully as it is used and washed. Natural colors dominate the All Things pallet.  The result is a twin size blanket, durable, luxurious and warm, and made to inherit.  Most are shades of natural grey-brown on one side and white on the other, with one face brushed. 

All Things produces its fiber from a herd of its own alpacas on pastures in the Cordillera Real of Ecuador.  The owner, Patricia Espadero (a veterinarian by trade and textile artisan) and her husband Stuart run a no-frills operation that for the last 29 years has been producing quality fiber while seeding highland Ecuador with the finest breeding stock available in the country.  Their herd usually has about 650 head.

Patricia and Stuart have three young children and raise alpacas as their living, but use income from the alpaca operation to maintain their 4400 acre private conservation initiative, the Mazar Wildlife Reserve (MWR; or, in Spanish, Reserva de Vida Silvestre Mazar).  Alpacas are allies in generating protection for wild habitats and for achieving ecological restoration in the heart of the Andean biodiversity hotspot.  The native montane forests and grassland páramos are home to the Andean bear, mountain lion, spotted forest cat (oncilla), mountain tapir, brocket deer, wild cavy, coati, agouti, and over 160 species of birds.  Two and perhaps three new species of frogs have been discovered on the MWR (http://www.cordilleratropical.org/es/noticias/email/PR_1107_cutin_bambu_es_EMAIL.html), 
as was a highland poison frog thought to have become extinct in 1995 (http://www.cordilleratropical.org/en/news/R_0909_frog_discovery_en.html).  All Things Alpaca Ecuador is certified 'wildlife friendly' (http://www.wildlifefriendly.org) because only non-lethal deterrents are used to diminish predation of alpacas by pumas, bears and Andean foxes.  

Patricia and her family count their blessings for living in such a stupendous landscape, and are energized by the alpacas that help them keep it pristine.  Thank you for joining in this endeavor.
As the afternoon advances, the herd returns to the safety of its night corral in the high paramos of the Mazar Wildlife Reserve.  Mountain lions abound on the reserve and have caused significant alpaca mortality.

All Things Alpaca Ecuador

I’m Patricia Espadero. Here is our herd, pastured on the Mazar Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador.  These alpacas provide us the raw material for the blankets described here.