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ALPACA

Wool

Alpaca fleece is the natural fibre harvested from an alpaca. It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fibre. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fibre, has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting.

 

The Alpaca fibre is more like hair than wool. It is finer than cashmere and equal or superior in warmth to Gortex . It does not retain water, is thermal even when wet, and can resist solar radiation effectively. These characteristics guarantee the animals a permanent and appropriate coat to protect against extreme changes of temperature. This fibre offers the same protection to humans. And unlike sheep’s wool, harsh toxic chemicals are not needed to process alpaca as it contains no lanolin oils. It is 100% natural and good for the environment.

 

The fibre comes in 22 natural colours (White, off-white, shades of grey, fawn, silver, champagne, red brown, deep chocolate brown and jet black). Although the fibre can be dyed, the use of the natural colours means an absence of dye products and minimal exposure to allergens, for even the most sensitive of wearers.

 

Other advantages of the alpaca fibre are:

 

  • Is warmer, stronger and lighter than sheep wool

  • Has less prickle factor than most other fibered animals

  • Preserves natural heat and has excellent isolative or thermal qualities

  • Is 30% warmer than the same weight of Merino wool

  • Is 4 times more abrasion resistant than Merino wool

  • Has no lanolin and contains no grease or oil

  • It is also considered hypoallergenic

  • Naturally repels water – does not retain water and can resist solar radiation

  • Does not shrink when washed

  • Is difficult to ignite

  • Can be carded and blended with other natural fibres

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