Alpaca wool, a Super Fiber


What makes alpaca wool so superior compared to Merino sheeps wool and why Merino sheeps wool is often coated with plastic?

1. Alpaca fibers inner fiber structure

The first and most important difference is the hollow structure of the alpaca fibre. This structure is common to wool, but alpaca fiber has been shown to contain more and larger air pockets, even compared to merino.

This makes alpaca wool a very effective thermal insulator as well as being lightweight in structure. The more air pockets the better the thermal insulation, even if the material is soaked through.

2. Outer fiber structure of alpaca fiber

Another important difference is the smoothness of the fibre surface. Alpaca has a significantly smoother fibre structure than other wools. This helps with the feel of the skin, but more importantly with moisture transfer from the skin and, with air pockets, makes alpaca very effective at moisture management.

3. NO wool allergy

Unlike sheep's wool, alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin, or wool fat. Lanolin is an allergen that causes wool allergies. Alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic and is not known to contain any allergenic substances.

4. No chemical or technical handling of the fiber

The smooth fibre structure of Alpaca wool allows it to be used without the chemical or technical treatments that almost all sheep's wool products undergo.

The purpose of some smoothing processes is to even out the surface texture of the fibre so that the material becomes soft to the touch. At the same time, the wool's properties such as moisture wicking and breathability are reduced.

5. Protector of the environment from birth

The alpaca is an environmentally conscious animal by nature and, as a semi-wild grazing animal, is part of the natural ecosystem in Peru. When feeding, the alpaca leaves roots in the ground to help the soil and the south-west renew itself more quickly. The animal's soft paws also contribute to the greenery of the plains.

But the most remarkable environmental act is the alpaca's moderate eating habits. The alpaca eats significantly less
than other ruminants and as a result has a smaller carbon footprint in the form of methane emissions.

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