Cultural Threads mission is to empower women in the Peruvian Andes and preserve their culture by creating sustainable knits that are good for humanity and the environment.
All of the fiber to make our knitwear is ethically sourced directly from the Andes. Our artisans raise the alpacas, sheer their wool, spin the yarn and knit our products.
Kristen Kempt, our Founder, made her first trip to Peru, in 2005, when she was introduced to alpaca fiber. A sustainable, hypoallergenic, water resistant, breathable material naturally sourced from the Peruvian Andes. After seven years of regular travel to Peru, she saw a vast change in the native alpaca industry. She learned that hand-spun 100% alpaca knits in tourist areas was not as easily available as it had been when she first traveled to the area. Synthetic materials were being sold as authentic alpaca. She saw indigenous communities and the fiber of alpaca being exploited in the country and she wanted to change this.
We strive to bring as much aid as possible to our artisans and the community around them. Medical needs, education, awareness, basic living necessities to make life above 13,000ft. more comfortable. We are grateful for the donations from family and friends, along with companies such as Black Diamond, Palmer’s and Tahoe Trail Bars. Items we bring include; tooth brushes, toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen, medical supplies, warm kids clothes, rechargeable headlamps, etc. We’re always open for collaborations to bring further aid.