Alpaca is the Fibre of the Gods
The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of the South American camelid. It resembles a small llama. Alpacas are kept in herds and 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 warm clothing.
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.
Alpaca hair is extremely soft and the filaments are 3 times stronger and have an insulating capacity 7 times that of ordinary lambs wool.
Alpaca has long been considered amongst the finest fibres. Indeed, the Incas called it “the fibre of the gods”.
The alpaca hair, (most people say alpaca wool, but it is hair) creates very warm and cosy garments by spinning and knitting. The delicate cloud of filaments make it almost silky and very soft to touch.
Our range of Alpaca scarves, shawls, hats and toys have been extremely popular by the connoisseurs of beautiful hand made and knitted craft. It's a wonder: 100% natural, hand (drop) spun and hand knitted or hand woven - these beautiful soft items will keep you snugly and warm.
The colours are the natural tones of the alpaca – no dyes used. Knitted by artisans from a Fair Trade community near Juliaca, Peru.
Our natural alpaca items 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 colour of the alpaca fibres.
Fair Trade Advocate Mark
with Quechua artisan spinners & knitters, Juliaca Peru
Different colours of the fibre are knitted using a drop stitch method to make the beautiful patterned stripes through the garment.
Scarves & Chullos
Alpaca woven scarf and hand-knitted Chullo
at Boronyup Forest, Western Australia