Alpaca is a natural fibre which is shorn each year around September. This is crucial for the health and well-being of the animal. Alpaca continue to grow fleece throughout their lives making this a wonderful renewable resource.
Alpaca yarn will ultimately degrade into the earth with no negative impact. Man-made fibre shed microfibers every time they are washed. These microfibers enter the food chain at every level and have now been discovered in ice core samples in Antarctica. They take an extremely long time to break down but can never be considered a useful addition to our environment.
Alpaca is hypo-allergenic. Generally, the remnants of lanolin on sheep wool can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Alpaca is completely free of lanolin. The “itch” that is sometimes felt in products made from animals fibre is usually a result of coarse fibres which prickle the skin. Very fine micron alpaca, particularly if it has been combed, does not cause this prickle.
Alpaca is warmer by weight than other animal fibres as a result of the microscopic air bubbles within each fibre. These air bubbles, as well as the fine nature of good quality alpaca, offer exceptional insulation.
Alpaca, although considered an expensive fibre, is durable and long-lasting if given proper care. Despite its extreme fineness, it is stronger than any other “wool”. Garments made by the Inca hundreds of years ago have been found in near perfect condition.
Alpaca fibre is extremely waterproof and will wick moisture away from your body, keeping you more fresh and comfortable.
The scale structure of alpaca is smoother than sheep wool which gives alpaca a soft silky feel and superior drape.
Alpaca are gentle on the earth and have an extremely low environmental footprint. They extract maximum nutrition from their feed, do not destroy the root structure of plants when grazing and flourish despite demanding very little water.