SOL ALPACA is the premium brand of Michell Group, established in 1931, the largest Alpaca Textile Group in Peru.
SOL ALPACA is a complete and exclusive collection of the highest-quality garments made from the finest fibres of the Andes: Alpaca and Vicuña.
The collections are designed by the renowned Australian designer Fariba Heydari. Constantly inspired by the ancient cultures of the Andes, she visits the world’s main fashion centres to ensure the currency of the SOL ALPACA collections, a sophisticated and unique assembly.
It is the mission of SOL ALPACA to preserve the rich Peruvian textile tradition, creating high-quality garments and accessories, where the exceptional inherited abilities of the Andean people are combined with the latest textile technology, all in harmony with the natural environment.
ALPACA & VICUÑA
The Alpaca (Lama pacos) is one of the most beautiful South American camelids. Related to the llama, guanaco and vicuña, alpacas have been prized for their fibre since Pre-Inca times due to the properties and quality of their hair.
Alpaca is a silky, soft, durable fiber that has unique thermal properties due to the microscopic air pockets found within it. These pockets allow the user to breathe through the fibers on warm days, and likewise trap body heat in cold weather. It is also elastic and non-flammable.
Alpaca hair occurs in over 24 natural shades, which makes it an attractive alternative for top designers world-wide.
The Vicuña’s extremely fine fibre, which for thousands of years has been so highly regarded by the Andean cultures, was used exclusively to clothe royalty. Its fibre is the finest in the world.
The Vicuña is the smallest of the South American camelids and is one of the two species which are wild; the other is the Guanaco. It inhabits the Andean steppes at altitudes of over 4,000 meters above sea level. Of delicate and fragile appearance, the Vicuña is reddish-gold in color and has a patch of longer creamy-white fur on the chest. It can be seen roaming free, graceful and elegant, bathed in the warm Andean sunlight – quite an esthetic pleasure, as this is a creature of truly beautiful proportions. It is therefore easy to understand why the pre-Hispanic cultures considered it a sacred animal, which was never sacrificed to use its fiber. Rather, it was sheared and set free once more in the celebration of the Chaccu, a centuries-old ceremony of capturing and shearing which even today is carried out by the rural people of the Andes.
Monday – Thursday – 9.30am to 5.30pm
Friday – 9.30am to 7pm
Saturday – 10.00 am to 5pm
Sunday & Public Holidays – 11am to 5pm
Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Cup Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.