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Alpacas originally lived in the high mountains of the Andes in South American countries Peru, Chile and Bolivia. The Incas tamed the alpaca thousands of years ago because of the features of its wool. Nowadays there are about 5 million alpacas worldwide, of which 90% live in Peru. That makes Peru the biggest alpaca wool producer. Wool has many features that make it the most incredible material. We use alpaca wool with a fantastic heritage, uniqueness and features. Let's go through the features of this great animal’s wool in more detail.
Alpaca wool controls body temperature effectively. For example, a sweater keeps you cool when it's hot and warm when it's cold. The fiber has microscopic air-pockets inside it which gives the wool extraordinary insulation benefits.
Alpaca wool absorbs less moisture to itself than other wool types. Because of the fiber structure it can also effectively transfer moisture out of the skin. Alpaca wool also works as effective insulation even if it gets wet due to its fiber structure.
Alpacas are kind, smart and curious animals and even the tamed alpacas live half wild in the Andes. Alpacas are sheared once a year in the spring so that they have time to grow their wool back before winter. Alpaca does not naturally shed its wool and the shearing is actually beneficial for the animal for its health and comfort.
Alpaca is a very honored animal in the Peruvian culture. As the animal is highly valued in culture, there is no animal cruelty involved in the shearing of alpacas.
Wool repels flames very effectively. It lights up really slowly and releases a very little amount of heat. Unlike synthetic fibers it doesn't melt. Notice however that our alpaca wool products or anybody else's aren't fire-proof!
Alpaca wool is naturally antibacterial. The wool either kills off the bacteria or slows their growth. This is because alpaca wool is technically hair with a keratin core. Thanks to keratin it has antimicrobial features which help with taking care of the wool. Instead of washing it, just refresh it outside.
Alpaca wool is naturally anti-allergic because it doesn't include lanolin. Lanolin is a grease that is found in sheep wool, like merino wool. Lanolin is the cause of allergic reactions. Yarn that we use has GOTS, Fair Trade and OEKO-Tex 100 certificates. Those guarantee that the manufacturing of the yarn doesn’t involve any dangerous chemicals that can harm humans or nature.
Alpaca wool is naturally very soft. There are two things that lead to the unique softness. First is the thickness of the sheared wool and the second is the thickness of the fiber scales.
Our manufacturers and other partners are committed to supporting social sustainability in their companies. The manufacturer of our yarn has been granted a Fair Trade certificate.
Alpacas only use little resources of the nature surrounding them and the alpaca itself has a small carbon footprint. Alpacas have small cloven hooves that don't destroy lands. Alpacas do not eat the land by its roots but consume only the greens, leaving green lands for the future as well.