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Alpaca - From Farm to Fashion

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Gamache Panache

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The importation of alpacas to the United States began over 30 years ago but it seems that now more than ever, consumers are realizing the true versatility of this fine fiber. With consumers having the ability to support this ever-growing industry, it gives everyone the opportunity to be involved in a truly home-grown product. From the raising of the animal to the shearing and production of the fiber, the entire process is completed on our country's soil. Anyone who really wants to help economic development, should really take a look at alpacas...I really think you'll like what you find.

Listen in to learn:

  • a little history of Alpacas in America
  • the process behind how alpaca goes from farm to fashion
  • what other natural fibers can be compared to alpaca
  • design elements used in Odelia apparel and accessories

Beth Brown and her husband Rodney began their journey with alpacas in June of 2005 with only two female alpacas. Beth has had a passion for knitting for as long as she can remember. Beth combines her expertise in design and alpaca to create an apparel line of alpaca clothing, accessories and household items. She was featured in St. Louis Business Journal as a St. Louis Character in March, 2008, just about the time she was launching her alpaca apparel line.

Today, the Brown's have 17 alpacas on their farm in Troy, IL where host an annual holiday Open House and an online store at www.odeliabydesign.com.