All Whispirit’s scarves and wraps 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 scarves and wraps are needle felted by hand in our fabric design center into a very sheer silk (Silpaca) gauze, using an American-made piece of felting equipment, the FeltLoom. For our scarves and wraps, we hand-dye the fabrics and embellishment fibers. We also use repurposed fabrics to incorporate unique sparkle and shimmer into our scarves and wraps. We finish the scarves and wraps with hand wet felting, using a small amount of water and soap.
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 wraps or scarves are, either.
We design our scarves and wraps to show the creativity and craftsmanship of our designer, Sandy and friends who come over to play. 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 scarves and wraps and other accessories, jackets, hats 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.