Small Danish company Frisenvang was established in 2014 to give conscious consumers an easier access to unique products from Peru and at the same time to support the living conditions of small local Peruvian producers. The Frisenvang business is handled by Sofie, Jørn and Marianne based in Denmark, with strong support from Alvaro and Augusto, both living in Lima Peru.
The living conditions of alpaca breeders in Peru are difficult. The majority of those families in the high Andes mountains live below the poverty line and are strongly affected by the climate changes. But the main reason for their poor living conditions is the fact that large industrial yarn producers buy their alpaca wool at prices far below cost price. Frisenvang is buying handspun yarn directly from the alpaca breeders supporting their brave efforts of building better lives for themselves and their children. The project that is being supported involves 265 families in the Marcapa area. The alpaca breeders perform the full production process from carding, plant coloring, hand spinning and bundling the yarn. This gives them an income that is several times higher than usual. Frisenvang is currently the only company buying yarn directly from the Marcapata project.
Frisenvang yarn is produced according to organic principles and is made of 100% baby alpaca wool. Each skein is unique, handled by a woman in a small village in Marcapata. The assortment includes both natural and plant-dyed yarns.