On April 24, 2013, the Rana Complex, a garment factory located in Dhaka, Bangladesh tragically collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring over 2,500. This event forced people to look at the global fashion industry's often exploitative, unsustainable practices and consider that there has to be a better way!
Though we believe that radical change is needed in the industry, at Sun Valley Alpaca Co. we're proud to already be able to guarantee our customers products that are naturally organic, carefully handmade, and certified fair trade. The high-quality alpaca garments, accessories, and home items that we design and sell have never been made in sweatshops. The small workshops and knitting studios that make our Sun Valley Alpaca Co. designs expertly by hand were founded by hardworking Peruvian entrepreneurs, many of them female.
From the beginning, we've prioritized respecting people and the environment along with impeccable quality and creative, stylish designs. The knitters we're partnered with come from families who've been working with alpaca for generations. Their work is a valued part of their culture that they are thankful to be able to support their families while continuing a cultural legacy that they're proud of.
In honor of the tragic collapse of the Rana Complex, April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day, which represents a worldwide effort to encourage transparency in the fashion industry. The goal is for people to take the time to think about the people who made their clothes, and to consider the impact of the clothes that we wear on the environment and on the lives of people all around the world. The Fashion Revolution organization suggests that the first step toward a transformed fashion industry is transparency, so they are asking people to show their clothing labels on social media and ask the brands they're wearing, "Who Made My Clothes?"
This is a question we're always happy to answer at Sun Valley, and we're excited to be a part of this important global movement. This Fashion Revolution Week, we'd like to introduce you to some of the talented artisans we work closely with and thank them for their hard work!
Mrs. Alejandrina Apaza
Mrs. Gladys Flores
Mrs. Beatriz Coaguila
A big thank you to Alejandrina, Gladys, Beatriz, and the other gifted craftspeople we work with for sharing your skills with us!!
We hope you enjoyed meeting some of our valued makers. Moving forward, as Sun Valley Alpaca Co. continue to grow and expand, we stand by our commitment to be a sustainable and ethical brand. Happy Fashion Revolution Week!