Peruvian Highland is a cross-breed of Merino and Corriedale. It has adapted to the harsh high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes, creating a fine, soft wool with a long history.
The smooth spun wool is a fine quality, super soft and hardier than Merino. Its micron count averages 27 microns. It has a longwool heritage lustre and is great for yarn dying bright colours. Keep the old traditions and creativity alive with this wool: great for all close to the skin knits like sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats and socks.
The extensive herds of sheep supply the fibres, fleece and textiles used for centuries by the Quechua peoples. In mountain villages today children learn to hand-spin yarn beginning as young as 4 years old using a foot-long wooden drop spindle. Men learn to knit the "chullos", the Andean ear-flapped hat as a tradition to give to their first born son. Traditional pattern sequences and designs are learned one thread at a time and passed down by memorizing the math of the patterns.