What is Alpaca?
Alpaca is a natural fiber and is shorn from the animal annually. It is a necessary part of the husbandry associated with this livestock. The animals are not harmed; rather they need to have their hair removed so that they can better cool themselves. South America they are treasured as well. Alpaca is a fiber that contains no lanolin and it doesn’t need to be washed in harsh chemicals to remove any residual contaminates. It comes in 22 natural colors so in many cases it can be colorful yet remain pure and un-dyed. Forget dousing it in unnatural chemicals! Do I have your curiosity peaked? I hope so! Let me continue…
So what does that mean in the way of sustainability? Well, once harvested, production of the hair into yarn creates a textile that is far softer and less harsh to the wearer than wool or other natural fibers. Once processed into yarn alpaca takes on a whole other side… one of pure softness, completely hypoallergenic, thermal and luxurious; naturally!
Alpaca is thermal and will keep you warm! Each fine hair is hollow so it is like wearing insulation ~ only much softer! Put on a pair of alpaca socks and a sweater and turn down your thermostat! Alpaca will keep you warm with less bulk, less irritation and it will last longer and look better than wool or cashmere. (It doesn’t pill, loose its luster or wear thin.)