What is the Alpaca Fiber?
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.
The preparing, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing process of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool.
Alpaca It is known for its’ lustrous, soft, durable and flexible nature. Alpacas are native to South America.
Properties of Alpaca:
- lustrous, durable, flexible, soft and silky
- similar to merino wool but stronger
- takes & retains dye very well (natural or chemical)
- comes in 22 natural colors: from snow white to biscuit to charcoal black
- insulating yet lightweight
- isn’t prickly like sheep’s wool
- hypoallergenic (contains no lanolin)
- naturally water repellant, difficult to ignite and resists solar radiation
- naturally elastic, ideal for knitwear
An added benefit to the flexible and durable alpaca is that it is a renewable, sustainable fiber that is naturally organic. An alpaca’s fleece is sheared once per year using largely hand production techniques.