Stan and Dianne Ebel, run the business, Altiplano Insulation (AI) from their office barn near Loveland, CO.
AI had its early beginnings in south central Nebraska when Stan and Dianne were tending the family farm and at the same time, developing a herd of llama for breeding and packing. Being avid outdoors people, it didn’t take long before they moved to Loveland, CO and devoted full time to building the business of breeding the animals and outfitting those who love to trek the mountains without leaving a trail.
After a number of years in the business, Stan decided that llama fiber would make wonderful clothing for the mountains. He designed the garments and after some investigation in the U.S. decided to purchase the fiber from Bolivia and Peru and have the sewing done in Peru.
Having the garments created in South America was not without its problems. Stan and/or his son, Nate, found it necessary to fly to Peru with a suitcase or two full of zippers because the sewing company in Peru could not get the heavy-duty zippers for the garments. The immigration people would give a surprised look when they inspected the suitcase! There was also the time that they had to speed to the airport past burning tires as a revolution was in progress.
All of that is now in the past.
Today, the AI line has filled out to include a quality line of men’s and women’s active and outdoor garments.
The garments are of the highest quality in fiber, lining, and sewing. And, they are unique. No one in the U.S. is creating garments out of llama fiber as AI does. At 100% llama fiber, no wool, cotton, or alpaca fiber is included.
The garments are luxuriously soft, warm to many degrees below zero, organic and sustainable, made for life, washable at home, and more. They don’t contain lanolin, so there is much less dirt and dust and odors.
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