ALQO WASI means “Dog Home” in Quechua, the language of the Incas. It all started in 2005 on one of the countless family adventure journeys along the Peruvian Andes. Founder Patricia Queirolo had already been in a bus for 4 hours and had 2 more hours to arrive at the imposing presence of the great Colca Canyon. She used the time to come up with an idea of a business for my university thesis. Suddenly, it just popped into her mind. She had been looking for clothes for Paco and Lua, her two little spoiled and pampered Westies, and nothing was good enough for them.
As Patricia was sitting by the bus window, she kept watching these incredible landscapes in the middle of what is called the sierra; they were covered with these incredible creatures, the Gold of the Andes as they proudly call them. Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas grazed freely in the vast highlands of the region at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. From time to time they stopped in little villages where native communities are known for their incredible weaving and natural dying techniques. The weaving loom has been used since pre-Hispanic times and artisans from the Andean region apply ancestral techniques of spinning and dying to make diverse textiles.
After some time, Patricia decided to take the risk. She created a company that could give her babies a sophisticated and one-of-a-kind piece of work, and at the same time help a great cause.