Alpacas are native to South America and have been selectively bred for their fine fibre for more than 5000 years.
Alpaca is a specialty fibre, warm, lightweight and incredibly soft. Surprisingly tough and hardwearing it is ideal for processing. The structure of alpaca fibre gives products made from pure alpaca amazing thermal and water-resistant properties.
Occurring in a large range of natural colours, from pure white, through shades of fawn to dark brown, the most exquisite blends of rose and blue grey and a pure jet black. Natural colours means that little of the clip needs to be dyed, limiting the need for using harsh chemical dyes that may he hazardous to the environment.
Alpaca fibre combines a number of extremely desirable attributes into one fibre:
1. alpaca fibre is silky, soft, supple and smooth to the touch. It is prized for its unique silky feel and luxurious handle.
2. alpaca is found in 22 distinct colours which can be blended into an infinite array of natural shades.
3. alpaca is unusually strong and resilient. The strength does not diminish as it
4. alpaca is as soft as cashmere and warmer and stronger than lambs’ wool.
5. alpaca contains microscopic air pockets which creates lightweight clothing with good insulating values.
6. most people can comfortably wear pure alpaca next to their skin.