Why is alpaca clothing and fiber so different than wool and other natural fibers?
Several reasons. First, it's many times warmer than wool, while retaining it's superior wicking capabilities. Second, it's hypoallergenic – if you're allergic to the lanolin in wool, you should be fine with alpaca as it doesn't have any lanolin. And while alpaca has guard hair, it's processed out before being turned into yarn. (Guard hairs are the sharp, prickly fibers that make people itch.) Third, alpaca is very colorfast – dyed alpaca fiber tends not to fade for many years. Alpaca fiber also has a beautiful natural luster and handle that doesn't quit.
In addition to these important attributes, alpaca fiber is also very odor-, water- and stain-resistant. In a light rain, water tends to bead up on the fiber and not soak into the garment, keeping you warm and dry. It's also windproof. It's a natural, environmentally-friendly fiber.
Alpaca is unlike any other fiber you've ever worn or seen. The softness and luster makes any alpaca garment a treasure you'll love for years.
Where are your products made?
We make many of the accessories ourselves or by using local artisans. However, these items are not shown online as they tend to sell quickly. Other accessories and larger items are made in Peru and Ecuador. Some of the Peruvian items are designed here in the U.S. Peru is home to the alpaca, they have approximately five million of them, while the U.S. has approximately 180,000. The United States is slowly seeing fiber mills open which process alpaca fiber, however these mills currently specialize in producing mostly yarn.
How do I clean my alpaca garment?
Our socks are all machine-washable, and most can be machine-dried. Most other items such as sweaters and cardigans can be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. A handful of our items are dry clean only. Every product will have a care label. If hand-washing, we recommend using a good shampoo. You can even use conditioner!
I'd like to learn more about alpacas.
We recommend visiting the Alpaca Owner's and Breeder's Association at alpacainfo.com.