J. Fredric Blitstein PhD, the owner of an environmental planning and consulting group has journeyed to some of the most exotic locations in the world. His projects carried him throughout Latin America and finally to the Andean Altiplano of Southern Peru, the birthplace of the Inca Civilization. It was here that he discovered the unique beauty and special quality of textiles made from the finest fibers of the Alpaca.
Dr. Blitstein repeatedly visited the villages of the high Andean Plateau, (the green plateau of natural sustainability), and the mystical Lake Titicaca. He was fascinated and intrigued how for centuries, the people, Quechua and Aymara Indians, direct ancestors of the Incas, have been knitting and weaving the super-soft Alpaca hair, into clothing which protects them from the bitter winter cold yet keeps them comfortable in the blazing summer heat of the high Andes.
He studied the raising of the alpacas, the most dominant member of the Camelid family of animals which includes the Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuna. He watched how the Indian women would separate the sheared hair fibers by micron thickness with a deftness passed down over generations.
As an outdoorsman, Dr. Blitstein was determined to introduce Alpaca in a way never before thought possible ; as an all-weather, all-sport, active wear product that is naturally eco tough. After almost six years of research and testing, he has succeeded with the development of ALPACOR®.
Dr. Blitstein maintains his convictions of protecting our planet’s precious resources while aiding the indigenous communities. With the assistance of his brilliant Peruvian textile engineer, Yusef Mufarech Bertello, he has successfully reinvented the alpaca fiber as a fully sustainable long lasting, machine washable product, while still retaining the almost endless list of natural characteristics unique to the alpaca fiber.