Limited Edition Handmade Vincuña Fedora
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VERY RARE TREASURE!
Wool Types: Vincuña
Base Hat by: Antonio
From Family Farm to Fantastical Felt, this handcrafted Vincuña Felt OhmGnomes Fedora is designed with Magic, Quality, and Regenerative Sourcing in mind! Crafted at 4000m (12,000ft), high in the Andes mountains, in an entirely off-grid workshop on a fully closed loop farm from native Vincuña, each Crown is like no other. Vincuña fiber is incredibly difficult to source at all, much less ethically, and is considered the rarest fiber in the world due to widespread poaching and the extreme regulations on harvesting the fiber! OhmGnomes is primarily the only producer of these exquisite creations in the United States sourcing direct from associations rehabilitating the population and crafting them into Fantastic Fedoras!
This Vincuña Masterpiece is designed and produced by the Avadaño Mamani Family, a small family of 4, in the Sicuani - Cuzco Region of the Peruvian Andes from Vincuña that are caretaken for by Acrivivir, an Association of Vincuñeros that are protecting and rehabilitsting the fading population. A Vincuña is a wild and smaller relative to the Alpaca that live around 4000m into the Andes. Every hat is made from fiber that is handshorn, handwashed, and hand felted. Vincuña fiber is extrememly rare, only shorn from the belly of the animal once every 3 years, and can only be harvested from living creatures that are not legally allowed to be domesticated. We are fully legally permitted to work with this fiber by Peruvian Officials.
How to Wear & Care:
No 2 hats are ever exact, each with their own unique natural flare and color variation. Wool is naturally water repellant, flame retardant, dirt and smell resistant, anti bacterial and microbial, home compostable, body temperature regulating, EMF blocking, and lifelong! Every piece is crafted to last for a lifetime of daily use! Find your lifelong friend in the Workshop today and be ready to set out on your next adventure!
Spot Clean & Air Dry
A Slow and Fair Fashion is highly important for OhmGnomes as we create and share treasures with the world. The gnomies of the ______ Family are more than just our producers, they’re part of our Tribe and as such we strive to foster them as they foster us. Once in an unfortunate spot where their raw alpaca fiber was making less than $3/kg, now, teamed together with OhmGnomes, are earning over 5x more money per hat than they would be selling the equivalent in wool raw and are enjoying the freedom to create!
Similarly with the Inuma and Panduro Shipibo families, we are patronizing our friends to the most of abilities so that this intergenerational and intergender group of artists may continue to produce the magic and art of their people without fear of scarcity and need to abandon their ways of old for those of a stressful modernity.
Beyond the label “Fair Trade” we believe in Happy & Transparent Trade where producer, middlegnome, and future buyer are all happy and fulfilled by their piece in the puzzle of connecting the world. We aim to pay well, connect people around the world, and embrace the magic of creativity and art all through the Original OhmGnomes Felt Hat!
The Wool Industry:
Much like industrial agriculture has tranquilized the small farmer and rancher in the United States by reducing mainstream accepted prices of one’s product to a dismal value, the same has happened for the wool industry in Peru. Cheap foreign mixed Alpaca/polyester clothing has cut prices to 1/6th of what the wool value was 10 years ago and that has trickled down on a global scale to affect what the average buyer will pay for wool of any sort in general. “Colored” wool versus white wool has also experienced a devaluation to the point that colored Alpaca were almost driven out of existence in Peru because their fiber couldn’t earn the farmer enough to survive on. We, together, are not going to let this happen though! By supporting farm direct wool from our Cuzquenian Fibershed we are striving to do all we can to support bringing awareness, color, and money back into this hard pressed industry from the flock to Magic. Felt.