Alpaca

A long-term relationship

What for Lasse and Tina Elvang began as a single backpacking trip to Peru in 2002, turned out 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 warm-hearted people with proud craft traditions, who took care of their history, traditions and animals, but also an overwhelming poverty that cut the heart.

The alpaca, which for millennia has been an important domestic animal for the Peruvians, indeed all the way back to the Incas, produces the finest wool imaginable. With the experiences from Peru and alpaca blankets in their luggage, Tina and Lasse went back to Denmark strongly determined 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 is noticeable at first touch. The fibers are durable and naturally come in an impressive array of colours.

The fibers of the alpaca wool are fine and thin, and textiles made of alpaca wool are therefore very soft. Baby alpaca wool is extra fine and soft and originates primarily from the first shearing of the alpacas, when they are approx. 2½ years old.

As the only type of wool in the world, alpaca wool does not contain the substance lanolin, which is often the source of allergic reactions to wool. If you have an allergic reaction to lanolin, you can use textiles made from pure alpaca wool.

Integrity and accountability

Elvang is close to operating socially responsibly. As a member of the UN's Global Compact, the world's largest network for corporate social responsibility, the employees of Elvang's business partners work under the best conditions. Training the shepherds in rearing and breeding methods, as well as shearing the alpaca ensures that they get a greater yield, a better and fairer price, and the quality of alpaca fibers is preserved. Elvang supports a millennium-old tradition of weaving textiles from alpaca fibers by consciously maintaining production in Peru. Elvang is thereby helping to give shepherds an opportunity to improve their living standards and at the same time fight Peruvian poverty.

Elvang creates beautiful textiles from exquisite, natural fibers. Each individual product is the result of local, original craftsmanship combined with modern, Scandinavian design. Quality, tradition and social responsibility are our guiding principles, and we never compromise on ethical standards. Elvang is a Danish luxury brand that creates textiles with integrity and pride.

Cotton

GOTS Certified

At Elvang, we offer pillows and throws in organic cotton. Cotton is a natural material that has many advantages – it is wonderfully soft and heat-conducting. Elvang's cotton collections are produced in Portugal at a GOTS-certified factory. GOTS stands for "Global Organic Textile Standard". This is a guarantee that our products are manufactured in accordance with environmental soundness. All our products are manufactured according to the environmental and responsible standards and contain no harmful chemicals and are hypoallergenic.

Thyme
Our Thyme collection of beautiful cushions and throws are versatile and practical and produced in the finest GOTS certified organic cotton. Thyme can be well combined with other textures, colors and patterns in our alpaca collections. The collection is beautifully crafted and has a design that appears uniform from a distance, but up close the vibrant pattern is revealed. Beautiful to look at and soft to the touch and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Lyme Grass
Lyme grass is a relaxed but stylish collection of cushions made from the most delicate GOTS certified organic cotton. A graphic pattern that, with its bright stripes and fresh colors, makes Lyme grass an indispensable companion when winter turns to spring and life is once again lived on the balcony or in the garden. A collection that can be used again and again and which can also be washed in the machine.

Iris
Iris is a comfortable and decorative element in any interior with its wonderfully soft cotton and dynamic pattern. The happy colors make this collection perfect for all aspects of life, be it on the sunny terrace or in the garden and add that very special summery feeling. The Iris cushion has an invisible zip closure at the bottom