This festive Downtown Abbey style woman’s winter hat is handmade using the alpaca/silk handfelted Silvery Red Ribbon fabric. The fabric is made by felting luxurious light silvery grey and white striated (undyed) alpaca into silk, and then embellished with a bright true red thick-and-thin bamboo/merino wool yarn. This is one of our favorite fabrics and in limited quantity.
The hat (medium) has a rolled brim that is shorter in the back than in the front. Easy to wear, this lightweight hat can be packed for travel. Enjoy alpaca’s warmth in a unique shape and color combination wherever your journey takes you.
At this time we are taking special orders for this hat, but will have more in stock by the end of October.
All Whispirit’s fabrics are handmade in New Mexico from a combination of alpaca (75% and merino wool (25%). We use alpaca from our own herd of 40 some animals, and wool from other New Mexico and US ranchers. Most of our fabrics are needle felted by hand in our fabric design center into a very sheer silk (Silpaca) or cotton (Copaca) gauze, using an American-made piece of felting equipment, the FeltLoom. We use hand-dyed fabrics on occasion, especially those with vibrant colors.
Our black, grey, fawn, brown and white fabrics are the natural colors of our herd, which we selectively breed and raise for the most exquisite, high quality fleece. That makes them unique and one of a kind – no two runs of alpaca fabric are the same, therefore no two winter alpaca hats are, either.
We design our hats to show the creativity and craftsmanship of our designer, Sandy, and our local seamstresses. When we add embellishments of silk, wool, buttons or charms, to create specific looks, the vast majority of them are also sourced in the United States.
This commitment to local and American-made makes it possible for us to proudly proclaim that our hats and other accessories, jackets, shawls, scarves and vests are all 100% handcrafted in the USA from barn to closet. Do they cost a little more that imported, machine made garments of lesser quality? Yes, and they are worth it.