Alpaca

“The alpaca must be knitted with love and knowledge in order to highlight, its warmth, softness and protection”.

We want to contribute in the positioning of the alpaca fiber as one of the most ecological and best performing worldwide. Alpacas are ecological animals belonging to the camel family. Peru has 98% of the total population of alpacas. The alpaca is called ecological for several reasons. One is they were naturally designed to live in harmony with Andean nature due to anatomy and alimentary habits. The shape of the legs and the padded toes allow a delicate treatment of the soil minimizing the erosion. As for the process, the alpaca fiber requires smaller amounts of wáter and energy . The fiber is resistant to water and fireproof up to certain point.

Cotton

“AMA’s innovative knitting techniques look for featuring into each garment the materials used. Each piece is made to give comfort, warmth, self-confidence and identity”.

Peruvian cotton is one of the best natural fibers in the world. The varieties of pima cotton and tangüis are widely recognized for high quality. Another of AMA's best inputs is the native organic cotton. This cotton comes from the northern region of Peru, and has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years by the Mochicas, a pre-Inca culture. The special features of this cotton are its organic nature since it can survive up to 5 years of droughts being an extremely resistant variety. Meaning it doesn't need pesticides and chemicals during its harvesting. As well it is naturally presented in a range of 15 colors avoiding the use of artificial colorants.

Our techniques and processes

HANDKNITTING TECHNIQUES

"We are artisanal knitters, offering all our ancient knowdledge to flourish the best features of alpaca and cotton into each garment"
The 98% of our collection is hand-knitted. Likewise, we promote the use of hand-knitting technique through most of our advisoring services.

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UPCYCLING YARNS

"The company incorporates principles to circular economy into its supply processes aiming to contribute in the environmental sustainability of the sector"
70% of the inputs used in AMA’s processes are the result of complex up-cycled processes based on alpaca and cotton fibers.

Ama's Hands

“We are craftswomen"
People are another great inspiration for the company. Looking at the supply chain of the Peruvian textile sector, it was easy to identify the most vulnerable actors. As in other sectors, the less formal groups are the most disadvantaged, especially in a highly competitive and emerging manufacturing industry. As artisanal knitters, the company‘s starting point focused on empowering the groups of knitters participating in the manufacturing peruvian sector.