We work with alpaca fibres from the Chilean Andes which have not been chemically treated in any way and our alpaca fibre is 100% natural, free of pesticides, formaldehyde, polyester, foams, dioxins and other additives used in conventional manufacturing practices and processes.
Its properties include:
softness – uniform fineness – strength – great thermal capacity – lightweight – fire retardant – water resistant – hypo-allergenic – breathes better than thermal knits – wide range of colours – rich lustre quality – and of course a very nice visual appeal.
Alpaca fibre is prized for its softness (equivalent to mohair and surpassed only by vicuña), uniform fineness and strength. It is three times stronger than sheep’s wool, softer, lighter & with a higher thermal capacity.
Since alpacas originated from the high altitudes of the Andes mountains in South America, where temperatures can become very frigid and cold, their fibre has developed this great thermal capacity better than most other animals. The fibre actually contains microscopic air pockets, giving it this tremendous insulating property as well as being very lightweight.
Alpaca fibre is said to be stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, softer than cotton, smoother than silk, warmer than goose down and breathes better than thermal knits.
Alpaca fibre is considered to be hypo-allergenic, as it contains no lanolin.
Alpaca fibre is also antibacterial, not getting dirty or staining easily, and so has to be washed as seldom as possible.
There are 22 natural distinct colours, ranging from white to black with shades of beige, fawns, browns, greys, and even maroons and peach colours in between. The different colours of the fibres can also be blended to achieve an even greater array of natural colours. The white fibre can be dyed to achieve brighter colours.
Alpaca has a natural, rich lustre quality which gives any garment that is made from 100% Alpaca a very nice visual appeal.