Shalimar Alpacas was named after one of the wonders of the world, a garden called Shalimar in Srinagar, India. This beautiful, peaceful garden was created for Muntaz Mahal, wife of Sha Jahan, the prince who later designed the Taj Mahal. When professional perfume creator, Olivier Gillotin, created an alpaca farm for his wife, Patricia, the beauty and wonder of the alpacas residing there made the name Shalimar Alpacas seem perfect. When Patricia finishes tending to the alpacas, she goes to her studio/shop where she weaves and creates unique articles of clothing using the exquisitely soft alpaca yarn. Patricia studied textile design in Columbia and later in Mexico. A skilled weaver for more than 20 years in South America, Switzerland, France, and the United States, she is already producing and selling highly sophisticated alpaca fiber fashions. After creating her works of art, she still has time to take care of two dogs, two cats and the full two-legged herd, our family!
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