In late October 2018, DSV exhibited at the Alpaca Fiesta in Arequipa, Peru.
The event, held every 4 years, is one of the most important in the alpaca industry, gathering the entire chain from breeding to fashion in one place. Customers from across the globe participate, including the USA, China, Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and Finland.
It was very important for us to participate in this event, which involves everyone in the trade from breeders all the way through the value chain to the fashion industry. We have an entire department dedicated to the logistics involved in transport of alpaca and vicuna wool to destinations worldwide.
Rosa Bustamante, Managing Director of DSV Peru
DSV has operated from an office in Peru since May 2013 and specializes in the handling and transport of alpaca wool as well as vicuna and cotton textiles.
Alpaca wool is similar to sheep’s wool, but warmer, less prickly, and has no lanolin, thus causing fewer allergic reactions. The cities of Puno, Cuzco, and Arequipa in Peru produce 80 of the alpaca wool in the world. The southern Andes of Peru are also home to llamas, vicunas, and guanacos, whose wools are also used in the textiles industry.
Alpacas resemble small llamas and are a domesticated species of South American camelids. They graze in herds on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile.
Camelids are a group of even-toed hoofed mammals. There are six living species of camelids: Llama, Guanaco, Vicuña, Alpaca, Dromedary and Bactrian Camel. Camelids have been domesticated by humans for about 5000 years. They have been important for transport, but were also kept for wool, meat and milk. Alpacas were very important for South American cultures such as the Inka.
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