Greetings from the alpacas (and their owners) of Whispirit!
We are a barn-to-closet creator of unique, luxurious, hand-made & hand-sewn, high-quality textiles and apparel. We transform our USA born and raised alpaca fibers into the highest quality felted (not knitted) alpaca fiber textiles and wearables which we sell to discerning designers and consumers. Our ranch, studio and workshop are located in the mountains of Central New Mexico.
Read about Whispirit in Local Flavor Magazine.
It All Started With Our Alpacas
Whispirit is the product line from our Whispering Spirit Alpacas Ranch located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico.
We started Whispering Spirit Alpacas ten years ago, having fallen in love with these gentle creatures with amazing, soft, strong and colorful fiber. We have selectively bred for softness, handle, color, strength and consistency of fibers. Why? Because we believe these USA alpacas, with the intentional feeding and breeding programs, produce a worthy fiber that rivals that of the traditional South American alpaca fibers. Read more about our herd and our ranch, here.
A Special Kind of Fabric
We create fabrics that startle people. Most fiber lovers believe they know what to expect when they are told that a fabric is felted. It is bulky. Yet ours is sheer, drapey, so unexpectedly light weight. The secret? The fabric is made by needlefelting a sheer silk or cotton gauze with a cobweb like batt of alpaca. We do this, without any water, using our mechanized FeltLOOM. This mechanized needling machine was designed, patented and produced by an ingenious farming couple in Kentucky. The FeltLOOM’s over 900 barbed needles push and pull natural fibers into a solid piece of durable, lightweight cloth.
We are eco-friendly, sustainable and imaginative. Whispirit is a no kill operation. All of our business is conducted in the US and as much as possible within 30 miles of our ranch. We know our alpacas names, as well as the names of the people who sheer our alpacas, mill our fiber, make our fabric, sew our apparel and sell our finished products. No patterns cut here then shipped elsewhere for assembly, either. We the owners are personally involved in every aspect of the production and we guarantee our work.
Design and Inspiration
Whispirit is a family owned small fabric and apparel business operated by Sandy and Lee Liggett and their son Chris McMullan. It is a part of Whispering Spirit Alpacas LLC.
Sandy and Lee like to call themselves recovering attorneys. They laugh at how much of their lives they have been in uncharted waters. They moved to New Mexico hoping to find encore careers that would create something new. And, they think they have.
Whispirit began as a dream … a whisper .. when they discovered a mechanized way of performing a laborious needling process to create felted yardages. Both Sandy and Lee learned different techniques to create their imaginative fabric.
This spring their son Chris McMullan, an established and successful chef, decided to join Whispirit to help expand the artisan textile business. Chris brings his own experienced artful eye and design inspirations. He has already been created a thin and dramatic fabric that is gossimere-like that will be introduced to the textile world this summer. And his artful dyeing will bring us deeper into the world of artisan textiles.
Its an exciting time to be expanding the creative textiles, with an expanding interest in USA sourced, natural and eco-friendly fabrics.