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Coproca: Wool manufacturing process

All the photographs of this gallery have been taken by Éric Bauer, a french photographer well known for his work in South America. The photographs show you the wool manufacturing process in the Coproca Factory.

This entire process of treating the alpaca wool, particularly the carding and spinning, is a very difficult task to do by hand because the yarn must be uniform in order to achieve good quality. Besides, hand treatment takes an interminable time and produces a lower quality that cannot be sold at a price that covers production costs.

In addition, COPROCA is a cooperative. It functions with a social development objective and has a great, positive impact on Bolivian artisans. COPROCA yarn is high quality while at the same time being produced with self-respect and concern for development and sustainability.

For all these reasons, even though the process is not completely artisanal, is working with COPROCA which it has been supporting since 2006, re-selling their products on the international market. 




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