Not only do alpacas produce some of the softest, highest-quality fibers in the world, they are also the most eco-friendly livestock in the world!
Softer than Cashmere
Alpaca and cashmere wool are comparable when it comes to fiber fineness, but alpacas can produce around 10 lbs of fleece a year compared to the 4 oz of cashmere produced by a goat per year. Alpaca fibers are also 3x the length of cashmere fibers. This greater uniformity of fiber in alpaca products results in a softer feel.
Warm as Polar Bear Fleece
- Alpacas are adapted to the harsh climates of the Andes - their fleece is designed to keep them warm through sub-zero nights and cool in 80 degree afternoon weather. Their fiber has hollow air pockets inside that can trap or release heat - much like a polar bear!
Hypoallergenic & Odor Free
- Alpaca fleece does not contain lanolin - a grease found in most sheep's wool that protects the fiber, imparts a "unique" odor, & is the culprit behind wool allergies. Because of the lack of lanolin, alpaca does not need the same multi-step washes & chemical detergents that are used on sheep wool, and doesn't attract and retain dust like other fibers.
Water Resistant & Repellent
- Like most wool alpaca fiber is moisture-wicking, but has a water retention rate of around 8% compared to the 16-20% of most other wool.
- Compared to sheep wool of similar weight, alpacas produce more fibers and more fibers are retained after processing. It can take up to four goat's shearings to make one cashmere sweater, but one alpaca shearing can create four sweaters.
- Alpacas have soft, padded feet that do not tear into top soil like the hooves of sheep and goats can. Damage to topsoil can increase erosion and decrease soil fertility.
- Adaptations to their harsh climate means that alpacas consume lower amounts of food and water compared to other livestock, and their three-stomach digestive system is highly efficient at metabolizing what they do eat.
- Unlike sheep and goats, alpacas do not pull up grass from the roots when they graze. Rather, they cut off the tops of the grasses with their teeth, leaving the root system to continue to grow new leaves and preserving the topsoil.
While not ALL our products are 100% alpaca (or even use alpaca fiber), we are dedicated to using only 100% NATURAL fibers, and you'll see that most of our products include alpaca wool & alpaca / merino blends.
We are also dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of alpaca wool, as well as the need for accountability when it comes to the materials we buy!