In 1998, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, accepted a donation of their first six alpacas. Since then, the award winning herd grew to 63 alpacas raised for sales, breeding and fiber production. We now have about 35 alpacas.
The fiber program has grown from frequent small group gatherings of learning how to spin, weave, felt and knit to having fiber working sessions every Tuesday evening and providing both simple and intensive fiber workshops at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, for learning and improving skills regularly.
Handmade alpaca garments
The garments made by Sisters of Providence, volunteers and friends are sold at the Sisters of Providence gift shop, Linden Leaf Gifts, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., near Terre Haute. The proceeds from the alpaca items help pay for food and routine vet care for the alpacas.
Items for sale
A photo of the alpaca(s) from which the garment was made comes with each item sold. Alpacas come in 16 natural colors. Some items are made from handspun alpaca yarn. We also sell socks, gloves, and other items made at a co-op where we are a member.