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Luxurious Natural Alpaca Fibre

Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fibres. 

Andes Alpacas harvest their own herds once a year at shearing to process into yarn.

The fibre from the herd is as low as 15 micron which is ultra fine. In its natural un-dyed state it comes with significant environment & ethical properties making it very attractive to the “green” maker & market.

Alpaca is not prickly with no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fibre has water repellent & fire resistant properties, it also absorbs little humidity & is thermally insulating.

Alpaca boasts the biggest range of natural colours out of all natural fibre’s. 

Alpaca given the correct care won’t shrink or pill, is virtually indestructible.

What Makes Alpaca Special?

Andes Alpacas are native to the Andean region of South America. They are raised above the tree-line in an arid climate with vast temperature swings ranging from -4F at night, to 70+F in the day time.

Over thousands of years alpaca fleece has evolved into a type of thermal regulator. Alpaca fibre creates pockets of microscopic space with the ability to hold air inside heating via the animals body warmth, or insulating against the heat of the sun. Their fleece creates the perfect coat for the alpacas environment, becoming a natural barrier to keep cold air from getting to the skin at night & in the heat of the day, keeping them comfortably cool.

Owing to their perfectly evolved fleece, alpacas keep comfortable & safe no matter what the climate change, allowing them to never get too hot or too cold. The thermal properties work for humans too! Wearing alpaca wool will keep you warmer in the Winter & cooler in the Summer.

Alpaca fleece, more akin to hair than anything else, doesn’t absorb moisture the way other wools do, sheep’s wool & cashmere included. This aids in controlling the humidity that surrounds the animal, or human, adding another level to this thermal protection. This is also why alpaca does not retain odour.... it doesn't absorb it.

Alpaca Grades of fineness - this grading adds to the luxury & cost of alpaca items: 

  1. Premium Baby Alpaca or Baby Royal (1% of alpaca harvested)
  2. Baby Alpaca (15% of alpaca harvested)
  3. Super Fine Alpaca (30% of alpaca harvested)
  4. Course Alpaca (50% of alpaca harvested)

Why wear Alpaca compared to Synthetic fibre’s?

Synthetic fibre’s, such as nylon, polyester & acrylic were originally invented by scientists to improve on naturally occurring animal & plant fibre’s, yet over time they have proved to have many disadvantages. Synthetic fibre’s burn more readily than natural & are prone to heat damage such as melting. More electrostatic charge is also generated by synthetics. They are not skin friendly, making them uncomfortable for long periods of wear & irritating to some with allergies. Synthetic garments are also non-biodegrable. 

Alpaca compared to Synthetics:

  • Compared with synthetics alpaca fibre has superior breathability, low static electricity & wicks away body moisture.
  • Alpaca is naturally flame resistant, where as synthetics melt onto the skin, increasing skin damage if caught on fire, this is why so many synthetics are chemically treated with flame retardant chemicals.
  • Alpaca feels luxuriously soft against the skin & is hypoallergenic.
  • It is biodegradable due to its 100% natural content.
  • Alpaca is lanolin free unlike sheep's wool & doesn’t hold dust providing a superior option for those with wool allergies.
  • Alpaca stays clean for longer requiring less laundering. 

Alpaca Shearing & Husbandry

Andes Alpacas offer Alpaca shearing for small & medium breeders at a competitive rate. We also undertake other husbandry tasks such as microchipping, tagging, injections, toe nail clipping and scanning. If you purchase your alpacas from us we will prioritise your herds annual shearing. 

Please visit our website for further information on rates, preparation & checklist.

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