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Why we love alpacas?

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Face of an alpaca

You have probably noticed that most of our garments contain Alpaca fiber and wonder the reason why?

Surely alpacas are incredibly photogenic but there is also a lot to learn from them...

Alpacas being one of the oldest domesticated animal species in the world are producing the most environmental friendly animal fiber leaving no footprint on earth – they are wandering freely in their natural habitat, the Andes mountains, not destroying the terrain, eating only the tops of plants leaving the roots to grow. They do produce more fleece than sheep and have also more effective eating and drinking habits compared to other grazing animals. Unlike cashmere goats alpacas are not harmed during the shearing process thus being both eco-friendly and cruelty free at the same time. After being gently sheared they are released to the wild and it's for the farmers best interest to let them live as long as possible for regrowing their wool. Furthermore, the process of alpaca farming does not require harsh chemicals which again means that alpaca farming is completely safe and natural for the environment. The wide range of natural colors afforded by the alpacas encourages less dying, which in turn results in less risk of damage to the environment.


But we also love the cashmere, alpaca is a natural fiber, but it is now regarded by many as more luxurious, softer, lighter and warmer than its woolen cousin, thanks to its longer fibers. It also pills less than cashmere and is hypoallergenic as it doesn’t contain any oil or lanolin. For the lack of fats there are not strong chemicals needed to clean the fleece. Alpaca is lightweight, breathable and soft, not bulky or itchy, and while the fibers are fine they are also incredibly durable.


Get your hands on this wonderful fiber by checking out our chunky handmade LOBITOS or silky smooth TRUJILLO collections here!


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