About the Shop:
Q: What’s the big deal with alpaca and/or natural fibers?
Q: Why can’t I pronounce the names of your products?
A: Since we first fell in love with alpaca fiber & sustainability while living in Cusco, all of our products are named after cities, mountains, rivers, or regions in Peru!
Q: Why are your products so expensive?
A: Each of our products is handmade with only the highest quality of natural fibers. Although our price points are higher than the department stores, each and every item is completely unique & our pricing reflects the quality of the fiber and handiwork put into your custom decor.
Q: Who makes your products?
A: All products are handmade with care by yours truly, Lauren Oden. Check out my instagram feed for a sneak peek behind the scenes of it all!
Q: Where are you located?
A: My husband and I recently moved to Waco, TX & we are loving getting to know our new community!
Before that we took a year to live as nomads, meaning we lived out of suitcases in apartments for anywhere from 2-6 weeks at a time (I know, crazy right…). It was during our travels across South America & specifically Peru that the shop was first dreamt up.
Q: How did you get started?
A: When I was about 10 years old my dear grandmother, Ernestine Wilson, taught me to crochet. I remember sitting in her lap as she patiently untied all the knots I made & encouraged me to keep trying.
I watched her make afghans for every member of the family until her arthritis wouldn’t allow her to, and although I didn’t have the patience for it back then, crochet always reminded me of her & her love for her family. When she passed last year, I picked up crochet as a comfort while we traveled and as I grieved.
In picking up crochet again I never intended it to be anything more than a hobby and comfort, but then I discovered luxury alpaca & merino fibers in Peru. I was inspired by the Inca women who still spin, hand-dye, and weave the wool of the family alpacas day in and day out. I was amazed at the quality of the textiles and resilience of their culture.
I was inspired to raise awareness about the ecological benefits, quality, and social advocacy that comes from purchasing alpaca wool (Peru accounts for 87% of the world’s alpaca population!]), & thus The Homely Alpaca was born!