Coya Alpaca is a textile and handcraft company made of alpaca wool mainly, and also other natural wools like sheep wool and Pima cotton en some designs.
We born in the Peruvian Andes to give you classic seasonal style clothing and handcraft following ancient Coyas (queens of the Incas) technics used to use, and so the artisan craft and raw materials of the highest and sustainable quality standards.
Our mission is to bring you clothes of top quality at a reasonable price, holding Inca customs and designs.
- Baby alpaca: Taken from the very first shearing of the alpaca, it is the finest wool on our line.
- Alpaca Fiber: Taken from the subsequent shearings of the alpacas.
- Pima cotton.
- Sheep wool.
The alpaca (Vicugna pacos, from the quechua allpaqa, paqu) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. They are evolutionarily related to the vicuñas and llamas. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. The Moche people of northern Peru often used alpaca images in their art.
Suri breed alpacas have a softer angular appearance. Suri fibre seems to be straight since it grows parallel to the body in the direction to the ground, forming independent loops through the whole body like the Andean women’s tassels; they have density, silkiness, softness and shine, granting a silky smooth and shiny look to the clothes. It mixes the softness of the cashmere with the brightness and gloss of the silk.
Huacaya alpacas have rounded and bulky appearance. Huacaya fibre grows perpendicularly to the body. It has density, softness, shine and loops that give a fluffy look. Fuses of the fibre are shorter and dull than the Suri fibre, without the greasiness of plain wool.
Coya is the name of the favourite spouse of the Inca to distinguish the noble women from the Imperial family as the emperor wife, royal wives or the secondary brides.
The Coya was the first of the brides, the true and only lawful Sapa Inca emperor’s wife, and the one who rules the empire in his absence the government of the capitol city Cuzco. In case of need, she also organizes the relief for the victims of natural disasters.
She and her daughters had access to the Vírgenes del Sol, they lived in adobe (mud) houses in a rangeland countryside. The Inca can’t be seen by his servants however, the Coya can be seen and she was one of the only women who can see the Inca. She was chosen between the Virgins of the Sun who they had some special quality and therefore they received a privileged upbringing.