|Preparing to spin|
|Shepherd with his sheep|
Yes, there is the famous alpaca, but even then one must be warned as more often than not, synthetic material is woven into the fiber, thus reducing the cost and certainly the quality. Experts say that if you hold the material to the light and can see "sparkle", then it is not pure alpaca.
|Shearing the sheep|
One of my favorite stories relates to how people in the mountain areas just show up and then vanish. My friend and guide Jeremy and I were returning to the village of Ayabaca by car, from an afternoon of birding. Ayabaca is in what is known as a Cloud Forest.
|Clouds starting to cover forest|
One has to experience it to believe it. As you walk suddenly you can't see in front of you for the clouds enveloping everything. Outside the village we stopped for a couple of locals to give them a ride, but as we were to stop at the weavers, they hopped out when we arrived at her house. As we got back in the car to return to the village, which we could not see in front of us, I turned to Jeremy in the back seat and there sat a strange man. I asked, "who is he?" Jeremy replied, "I haven't a clue, he just needs a ride!"
|Sheep returning home in the Clouds|