All Alpaca Samka collections are handwoven with sustainable alpaca fibre: Unica, Fusion, Humberstone, Natural, Old Port, Australis and Wild Patagonia. They all aim to rescue the British textile heritage link between the UK and Chile and are inspired and based on the history of British immigrants in Chile from the 19th Century.
Around 32,000 English settled in Valparaíso, influencing the port city so much making it virtually a British colony during the last decades of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Valparaíso had whole neighbourhoods with British schools, social clubs, sports clubs, business organisations and newspapers. British industrial investment helped Chile become prosperous and during the movement for Chile’s independence (1818), it was mainly the British who helped form the Chilean Navy, under the command of Lord Cochrane. British immigrants were also important in the northern part of the country during the potash saltpetre boom, with the main nitrate industrialists being John Thomas North, along with Santiago Humberstone.
Some Scots settled in the country’s more austral (southern Patagonia) regions, where the climate and the stark landscape may have reminded them of the Highlands and Northern Scotland. An important contingent of British (principally Scottish and Irish) immigrants arrived between 1914 and 1950, settling in the present-day region of Magallanes, especially the city of Punta Arenas when it flourished as a major global seaport for ships using the Strait of Magellan to transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.