There is an ideal outfit for every season, and what better way to welcome in the autumn and winter than by wrapping up in some elegant and stylish knitwear. Usually made with wool or cotton, it is manufactured in such a way that it feels handmade (when stretched out, you can see tiny gaps in the fabric). The texture of the knitwear can vary depending on the needle thickness (this determines the size of the knit), as well as the pressure applied to the fabric or thread during its creation.
This is one of the oldest forms of making clothing, knitted socks and tights date back to 11th century Egypt, or even earlier according to some studies. In Europe, knitwear formed a part of daily life from the 14th century onwards, proving particularly popular in Great Britain and Scandinavia, especially among fisherman. In 1816, the first circular knitting machine was developed in England (perfect for underwear), and at the same time, fashion magazines began to heavily promote knitwear. By the beginning of the 20th century, these garments had become even more popular, with sporting and casual styles coming into fashion, as an elegant and functional way of dressing. Over the next century, different styles began to flourish, creatively combining colours, with sweaters becoming very popular among women.
Throughout the world, there are different varieties of cotton used for production in the clothing industry, but only one is considered the richest in terms of its characteristics, in addition to providing greater comfort to the wearer, giving the satisfaction of being, without a shadow of doubt, a high-quality textile garment, resilient and highly valued around the world.
In a previous post we talked about the exclusivity and technical details of this fibre. We are talking about “Pima cotton” which shares a common bond with another prized fibre, “Egyptian cotton”. Both are intended purely for production of high level textile garments for the world’s most demanding industries.
Both their histories converge with the introduction into Peru of Egyptian cotton which came from the State of Arizona in 1918 (originally an Egyptian Mit Afifi type). This seed adapted perfectly to the climatology and the land type in the Piura region, producing a fibre with unparalleled and unique varieties.
First, let’s identify what an alpaca is. Alpacas are mammals that have been around for thousands of years, as their presence dates from pre-Inca cultures.
The Pima Cotton is harvested on the northern coast of Peru by hand, a process that allows to differentiate the qualities of cotton.
Graciela Huam is a Peruvian Dutch fashion brand inspired by both countries, our garments are hand woven by Peruvian artisans using the method of knitting. Our materials: 100% Peruvian alpaca, baby alpaca and pima cotton raws, which are ideal for the production of high quality garments due to their durability, versatility and fineness.
Graciela Huam Knitwear perfectly combine different types of stitches, reliefs and designs, which mesh perfectly in order to create high fashion garments, unique and exclusive, that will allow you to stand out with a chic, sophisticated and prêt-à-porter look.
Our team works with Andean communities and cooperatives that are gathered in associations that govern their work activities through the Fair-Trade policy that promote a voluntary and fair trade relationship between producers and consumers.
Alpaca is an “auquenido”, they are mammal of the order of the camelid. These are original species from Peru and Bolivia.
The Alpaca has a size of 90 centimeters and measures 1-1.40 meters long. It weighs on average 80 kilos. The head is small, the forehead broad and flat. The ears are very mobile, directed forward when they are watching and Backwards when running when being persecuted. The eyes are large, very expressive, with kind and timid look. The fur is soft and ideal for the production of clothing. Their coat is mainly white, gray, brown or black.