5 March 2017

ECO FASHION | Woven Wisdoms with PAKA Apparel

Hidden in the hillsides just outside San Antonio, Texas, is a set of winding trails that whisk you away from the city's snakes and ladder freeways which mimic the circular and at times confusing layouts dictated by nature's course. 

Each path is shadowed and shaded by wise old cedars sporadically opening into clearings of collected cacti, offering unexpected views and splendid rays of springtime sun. 

Its angled ascents ignite the soul's sense of adventure while it's jangled descents casually challenge the ego, distracting the mind from the corruptions of city life while nurturing all with the simplicity of nature's call.

It makes sense to me to enjoy nature in nature's natural fibers which adapt to your body's temperatures offering airways to your pores. Texas can have cold winters but this trip was blessed with a spring season's temperatures allowing us to frolic outdoors as if summer was in sight.  

Alpaca offers us humans an animal fiber free of harm, and these Peruvian pieces shared a story of adventure, intrigue, and intent which mimicked soulful stories of other past places my husfriend and I explored in our youthful years. 

PAKA was founded by the warm and charming Kris Cody, who finished high school then searched for adventure as those young and curious often do. His exploration lead him to a place which ignited his heart and embraced him in return, teaching him the wisdoms of a culture which moves at a different pace than ours.

A sweater he had purchased told a story, one he was inspired by and one which he continued to tell, and like most discovering the depths of slow fashion, he felt himself called to the conscious realm.

With soulful spontaneity, he returned to where his calling had whispered and with a bit of credence driven by curiosity, found a circular story he wanted to share. He created PAKA sweaters with the help of an indigenous artisan family which extends through every step of production, from the family’s alpaca farm which harvests the fleece the ways it has always been done, to their cousins who naturally dye the yarns using colours native to their land. Then there are the women weavers who transform these family fibers from strands to sweaters with skill and spirit, bringing age-old art to a culture which has long forgotten the tellings of true tale: one which honours the earth and its inhabitants with regard and reverence from seed to sale.
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SUSTAINABLE SWITCH
You can support Kris and the indigenous Peruvian family who sustainably and fairly creates these sustainable, biodegradable, and fairly made pieces by purchasing one of their sweaters when you find yourself in the need of a new one. You'll find PAKA's conscious collection HERE

By choosing Alpaca, you're avoiding acrylic man-made fibers found in most fast fashion sweaters which don't biodegrade. Wool and cashmere are also biodegradable options but unless the brand you buy from has a transparent production line, it is more than likely that those animals were mistreated. Alpacas can only produce a viable fiber if they feel love from their carers and have an alpaca buddy to hang out with, which naturally guards them from human cruelty and greed. Read more on of my odes to alpaca HERE and HERE

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PAKA SWEATERS | Shane 'the Flaco' // Holly 'the Cusco'  
SHORTS | Holly Vintage Lee Cut Offs // Shane Vintage Levi Cut Offs  
SHOES | Shane Veja // Holly Veja

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PHOTOS: Shane (& Danielle) Woodward
*sweaters gifted to us by Kris from PAKA

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