ALQO WASI means “Dog Home” in Quechua, the language of the Incas.
The brand was born in 2005 on one of the countless family adventure journeys along the Peruvian Andes. Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas grazed freely in the vast highlands of the region at more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and after stopping in little villages where native communities are known for their incredible weaving and natural dying techniques, the designer was inspired to create a collection of sophisticated and one-of-a-kind pieces of work, and at the same time help a great cause.
ALQO WASI is a company which currently works with workshops composed by women from the regions of Puno and Lima. These women with low resources, experts in the technique of weaving in hand looms, hand knitting and hand embroidered, come from vulnerable and marginal zones. Through constant training, these women develop their skills in order to become more productive and competitive in the labor market.
ALQO WASI is also committed to the environment by using sustainable, eco friendly resources as the alpaca and Peruvian cotton. All raw materials come from the Andean regions of Peru, emphasizing responsibility to prevent the damage of nature.