A long lasting relationship
What for Lasse and Tina Elvang began as a stand-alone backpacking trip to Peru in 2002, was to prove to be the beginning of a long-term relationship. A relationship that would change both their lives and the area they visited.
In Peru, Lasse and Tina met a hard-working and cordial people with proud craft traditions who cared for their history, traditions and animals, but also an overwhelming poverty that cut to the heart.
The alpaca, which for millennia has been an important domestic animal for the Peruvians, in fact all the way back to the Incas, produces the finest wool imaginable. With the experiences from Peru and alpaca plaids in their luggage, Tina and Lasse returned to Denmark very keen to make a difference for the Peruvians they had met through their unique alpacas. The foundation stone for Elvang had been laid.
Soft and durable
The alpaca is a member of the camel family and lives in the South American Andes. Alpaca fibers are among the most luxurious in the world. The softness is amazing and noticeable at first touch. The fibers are durable and by nature they are available in an impressive wealth of colors.
The fibers of alpaca wool are fine and thin, and alpaca wool textiles are therefore very soft. Baby alpaca wool is extra fine and soft and originates primarily from the first cutting of the alpacas, where they are approx. 2½ years old.
As the only wool type in the world, alpaca wool does not contain the substance lanolin, which is often the source of allergic reactions to wool. If you are allergic to lanolin, you can use textiles made from pure alpaca wool.
Integrity and accountability
Elvang is operating socially responsible. As a member of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest network for corporate social responsibility, the employees of Elvang's partners work under the best conditions. Training the shepherds in breeding and breeding methods, as well as cutting the alpaca ensures that they get a greater yield, a better and more fair price just as the quality of alpaca fibers is preserved. Elvang supports a millennium-old tradition of weaving alpaca fiber textiles by consciously maintaining production in Peru. Elvang thus helps to give shepherds an opportunity to improve their standard of living while fighting Peruvian poverty.
Elvang creates beautiful textiles from exquisite, natural fibers. Every single product is the result of local, original craftsmanship combined with modern, Scandinavian design. Quality, tradition and social responsibility are the guiding principles with us, and we never compromise on ethical standards. Elvang is a Danish luxury brand that creates textiles with integrity and pride.