emiLime's sheep’s wool has a similar life cycle to alpaca. Sheep’s wool is flexible, durable, and renewable, and Emilime's wool is especially soft and high quality. emiLime's sheep, like alpaca, roam free through the Peruvian Highlands until it is time for shearing.
Used to make some of Emilime's buttons, the tagua seed comes from the ivory palm grown in Ecuador. Tagua is known for its durability and scratch-resistance, and is used as a substitute for ivory. The seeds grow in huge clusters and are collected off the ground. After the tagua seeds are delivered to the button factory, they are then cut by machines. The cut buttons are colored with natural dyes, and the Emilime logo is burned in with a laser. Emilime visited our suppliers and got to see the entire process of Emilime buttons being made. We are huge fans of tagua and expect to use it a lot more in upcoming designs.
emiLime uses polished bull horn, also known as cacho de toro. It is processed all over Peru and used by artisans to make jewelry, belt buckles, and other adornments. The bull is not killed for its horn, rather, the horn is bought by artisans after the bull is killed for other purposes. When polished it creates a beautiful array of colors and does not scratch easily, making it a very durable and high-quality material.
Alpaca fiber is soft with amazing insulating qualities but also allows for breathability. Alpaca is known worldwide for its strength, durability, and hypoalergenic qualities.
It is an annually renewable resource and emiLime's alpaca roam free in the Peruvian Highlands until it is time for their yearly shearing. From the small farms where the fleece is shorn, the wool then goes to Arequipa where it is sorted and made into yarn. This coveted fiber has been used for thousands of years in Peru.
We love that it is our staple material!