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Blanket Statement: Boca Native Spreads Peace With Alpaca

It was during the summer of 2018—winter in Ecuador—when Boca Raton resident Jamie Raitan and her husband, Ron, were wandering the streets of Cuenca. Escaping from the cold, the two found refuge in a shop where a family of weavers were creating alpaca blankets. “We wrapped up in the blanket,” she remembers. “We just thought, you know what, this is peace. This place—and these blankets—symbolize peace on Earth.” With those words, Pearth, a fair-trade alpaca blanket company, was born. Since last summer, the flicker of an idea to sell the handmade blankets on Etsy has grown into a full-fledged business, celebrating its first year on the market in October. Pearth blankets have been sold around the world, from the United States...

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