Why all natural Colorado fibers?
We have always had passion for keeping the environment healthy, clean and safe. So when we saw the amounts of polyester and vinyl being used in hats we were appalled!
The raw materials required to make polyester and vinyl come from byproducts of crude oil. We didn’t find these plastics to be environmentally friendly.
These products went way against our morals.
We wanted to be able to provide everyone with hats that don’t harm the environment. That’s why we decided to go 100% natural.
We are 100% natural in 3 main ways; how our alpacas are raised, how we process our fiber into yarn and how we dye our yarn.
1.) Humanely Raised Alpacas
One of the best ways to ensure that our alpacas are producing the highest quality fiber possible is by keeping them happy and fed properly.
We keep our alpacas happy and stress free by letting them be free range. They are able to travel freely where they want inside of their fields. This is great because the alpacas have free range over all of grass across over the ranch.
Due to having an average snowfall of 336” per winter season, the alpacas aren’t able to reach the ground for grass. So we provide big round bales of a pesticide free grass.
We make sure that we treat each and everyone of our alpacas has must love and care possible.
2.) Processing the Fibers
Once we have sheared the alpacas, we send all of our trimmings off to a mill just a town over here in Colorado to be spun into yarn.
3.) The Dyeing Process
When we get the yarn back from the mill it is time to prepare the yarn for dyeing! We begin by preparing the yarn using a natural mordant. This opens up the fibers to accept the natural dyes permanently.
We prepare a dye pot where the yarn is submerged and then heated with a specific concentration of one or more plants to create our desired color. This is where we are able to bring out the true art in our hats! Every hat we produce is a one of a kind to each batch of dye, even if the same color may have a slight variances in tint.
Once the yarn has soaked in the dyes, we give it a thorough wash and set it out to dry.
The benefits of using plant based dyes are incredible! Because we don’t have to use chemicals in our dyes we are able to help sustain the environment for much longer! The person preparing the dye doesn’t need to breathe in the harsh chemicals. AND we are able to create exquisite colors for you choose from!
We really want to make sure that we keep to our company's value of making sure everything is 100% natural Colorado fiber.
We care so much about this because we want to provide you with best hats possible!