Warm, yet lightweight; delicate and soft to the touch but strong; eco-friendly and not irritating to the skin, and above all stylish. If you expect the best, garments made from alpaca meet these requirements.
Natural treasure straight from the Andes
Peruvian ancestors domesticated the alpaca more than 6000 years ago and quickly discovered the gift they had found. During the Inca Empire, only aristocracy and royal families enjoyed fine garments made of alpaca. According to an Inca legend, it was believed that alpacas were gifted to the people by the gods; hence the term “wool of gods.” Today it is still a unique and luxury item.
Alpacas live on the slopes of the Andes, at an altitude of approx. 3500 – 4500 AMSL. At that elevation, they are exposed to strong sunlight, harsh wind, and large temperature variations. Therefore, its wool protects them by having an excellent insulating property, being hygroscopic, and also very durable. No wonder that the people of the highlands discovered a treasure in alpacas.
Noble, ecological and practical
Due to their high quality and elegance, alpaca wool is one of the noblest natural fibres of animal origin. Is still relatively rare – compared to other luxury wools, there are 450 million cashmere goats worldwide, and only 4 million alpacas. However, it’s becoming more popular and desired. Increasing its demand by known fashion houses.
What is the secret of alpaca wool?
It is an excellent insulator and protects the body from heat loss in cold weather, and allows the skin to breathe, without overheating it during the warmer days. Its extraordinary thermal property exceeds not only sheep’s wool, but also cashmere’s. It is also very light and soft. This is due to the fibre’s structure: it has air “pockets” along the length of the hair. Above all, it is hypoallergenic; it has very low lanolin content.
It is very flexible, and also resistant to sunlight so it does not fade. Alpaca fleece has 22 natural shades ranging from black to silver and rose gray and white, from mahogany brown to light fawn and champagne. It’s certainly not a momentary whim, but a wise investment for many years.
Compared with cashmere, it is not only thinner, and thus more luxurious, but also warmer and lighter.
Once only used by native Peruvians from the highlands, today, thanks to its unique properties, baby alpaca wool is popular all over the world. Soft, warm, light, eco-friendly and ideal even for allergy sufferers. Appreciated by most demanding customers.