Alpaca fleece is rapidly moving to the top of an elite group, known as specialty fibres. Admission to this select circle requires that a fibre be rare and extremely fine. Alpaca fibre easily meets both of these demanding standards. To touch and then to wear a 100 percent alpaca garment inspires superlatives, such as, "stronger than mohair . . ." "finer than cashmere . . ." "smoother than silk . . ." "softer than cotton . . ." "warmer than goose down" and "breathes better than thermal knits." The really exciting part of these enthusiastic endorsements, is that they are all true.
The fibres are almost indestructible, with fine woven alpaca garments in remarkably good condition being discovered rececently in Peruvian ruins dating back 2500 years.
Key features of Alpaca Fibre:
- Colour: shades of grey, brown and white
- Staple length: 8 - 12 cm
- Harvest: 1 kg per baby alpaca a year
- Harvest period: spring moulting season
- Habitat: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile
- Extremely soft, softer than cashmere
- Excellent insulation
- No Lanoline