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Ethical Fashion - how come?
Many people talk about ethical fashion, but how is Killa making it a reality?
- Producing a baby alpaca sweater, an alpaca scarf or a baby alpaca cardigan by hand consumes very little energy!
- By encouraging hand knitting, we are creating jobs and well-being.
- We use natural fibers supplied by the most prestigious companies that consciously care for the animals and guarantee no cruelty in the shearing methods used to obtain them.
- Not only are we concerned about fairly compensating our knitters to cover their costs and to provide them income, we also finance their production operations to drive their growth, recognizing their work in advance in order to provide them capital.
Hand knitters - supporting fair trade -
Killa firmly believes that hand knitting is a powerful tool that can forge an economic change in many people’s lives. Because of that philosophy, our garments are primarily hand-knitted being utterly unique and impossible to repeat. It is part of our mission to rescue and to revalue the different traditional knitting techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation in knitting communities and families.
The women and men who knit for Killa belong to communities in different towns and villages up and down the Peruvian coast and Andes. They are constantly trained on how to perfect their knitting techniques. Moreover, the weave of our baby alpaca sweaters, gloves, scarves, dresses, cardigans and capes incorporates their creativity, knowledge and understanding of the fiber.
Handmade quality and tradition.
The alpaca is one of the most coveted South American camelids. There are around 4 million of these animals living at high altitudes in Peru’s southern Andes, where their natural habitat is above 3500 m and they can with stand temperatures that swing from -4°F to 86°F. They feed mainly on natural grasses and can live up to twenty years.
The benefits of alpaca fiber have been known since ancient times, before the Incas, when it was (and still is) harnessed for its high quality and fine attributes. It is considered one of the finest fibers in the world and comes in 24 natural colors, ranging from white to black, with various shades of brown and silver gray. It is extremely elastic and soft to the touch as well as features elevated tensile strength. Its thermal properties are such that it insulates and maintains the body’s temperature at normal levels due to its microscopic air pockets. Its durability outlasts by far that of Merino wool and mohair, and its strength does not diminish with its fine quality. It is three times stronger than sheep wool and seven times warmer.
Killa only purchases baby alpaca and alpaca fibers that has been responsibly obtained and controlled through a shearing process that does not harm the animal or cause it any suffering.
Organic cotton is cotton that originates from organic agriculture which should:
- Sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
- Be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
- Build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.
- Be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.
In general, the goal of organic agriculture is to make optimal and sustainable use of local natural resources for production in which no external inputs such as synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified seeds.