Alpaca has long been considered amongst the finest fibres. Indeed, the Incas called it “the fibre of the gods”.
Alpaca wool is extremely soft and the filaments are 3 times stronger and have an insulating capacity 7 times that of ordinary lambs wool.
The alpaca hair, called that because it is hair (most people say alpaca wool) create very warm and cosy garments. The delicate cloud of filaments make it almost silky and very soft to touch.
A little bit about the Alpaca. The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Bolivia and northern Chile at an altitude of 3500 to 5000 metres above sea level. Alpacas are important animals for the Andes communities as they provide income and fibre for clothing. (Thanks to Wikipedia for this info).
Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas and are not used as beasts of burden but are valued for their fibre. Alpacas and llamas differ in that alpacas have straight ears and llamas have banana-shaped ears. Aside from these differences, llamas are on average are 30-50cm taller and proportionally bigger than alpacas.
Our range of Alpaca scarves, shawls, hats and toys have been extremely popular to the connoisseurs of beautiful hand made and knitted craft. It's by no small wonder: 100% natural, hand (drop) spun and hand knitted or hand woven - these beautiful soft items will keep you snuggly and warm.
All the alpaca products are 100% Pure Alpaca Fine Hair. Hand Spun and Hand Knitted in Peru. The colours are the natural tones of the alpaca – no dyes used. Knitted by artisans from a Fair Trade community near Juliaca, Peru.
They are sourced through our Fair Trade friends who live near Juliaca, Southern Peru. The alpaca fibre comes in more than 52 natural colours, as classified in Peru.
In Australia - it's 16 colours that are classified.
No dyes used! As you are able to dye the white alpaca fibre, coloured stocks of the alpaca have depleted over the time. In order to protect and maintain coloured alpaca stock, our Peruvian Fair Trade cooperatives undertook the development projects where they utilise the natural coloured alpaca fibres.
Fair Trade advocate Mark with Quechua artisan spinners & knitters
Different colours of the fibre are knitted using a drop stitch method to make the beautiful patterned stripes through the garment.