Suritayka is born of the initiative of a group of Bolivian women who believe in the country’s capacity to compete in the industry of the finest Alpaca apparel. Bolivia is the second country with the largest number of Alpacas after Peru. The use of Alpaca fiber is part of Bolivian culture and tradition. Alpacas were treasured by the Andean civilizations for their fine fiber, which was reserved specially for the use of the royalty.
Traveling through the Andes, Sandra Lazarte, one of the founders got to know the habitat of the Alpacas and the importance of this gracious animal for the local people. However, in spite of being the second country with the largest population of Alpacas, Bolivia is still trying to find its place in the market.
Spending some years abroad Sandra realized the demand for clothes made of the finest fibers such as Alpaca in western countries is still big. Seeing that the industry in Bolivia is still very young, she saw the possibilities for contributing to its growth. So, in 2014 a group of friends, Sandra Lazarte, and Mabel and Roxana Validivia, decided to make of Suritayka a company that could compete in the luxury Apparel industry by offering the finest quality products for men and women.
Another reason behind Suritayka is the believe in the power of women, particularly in Bolivia a country where women still have to struggle to be acknowledge while at the same time being the engine that moves Bolivian families. Our name is intended to portrait our respect to women and our love for the Andean culture and its traditions. Suritayka means “Mother Alpaca” in Quechua and Aymara, the two predominant Andean languages of Bolivia.
Suritayka works with 80 families of artisans predominantly women who have learned the art of knitting through generations. Our aim is to contribute to the work of women artisans who need an outlet for their art while contributing to their household income. As mothers ourselves, we know the importance of staying close to our children and how difficult is to leave them to the care of others. Therefore, our artisans work at home, many of them have small workshops placed in their houses. This allows them, to stay close to their families and domestic tasks.