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What makes alpaca fiber so special?

Actualizado: 11 jun

Peruvian alpaca sweaters, beanies and other garments are conquering the fashion world with their luxurious appeal and unparalleled quality, but have you ever wondered why? Well, here we show you 10 benefits of alpaca fiber that will also make you want to choose it.



10 reasons why alpaca fiber is so appreciated in Peru


Alpaca fiber is highly valued around the world because of its unique qualities. The material is considered a luxury in the industry of textile and fashion. Here are some of the reasons of why alpaca fiber is so prestigious:


1. Thermal properties

Alpaca fiber possesses a cellular structure that offers excellent heat retention, being one of the best materials in comparison to other animals’ fibers or synthetics. It warms when it’s cold and it’s really light when there is heat. Alpaca fiber has a big demand in the textile industry because of this attribute.

           

2. Lightness


Even though it has great thermal properties, these fibers are very light, which allow the manufacturers to create warm clothing with no extra weight. It's so slim it can reach 19 diameter micrometers. After its’ cut, alpaca fiber is divided into extra thin, thin, semi thin and thick. If it’s bought for manufacturing or making your own business, you can choose between the different qualities such as Royal, Baby, Super baby, Fleece, Medium Fleece, Huarizo or thick  alpaca.

           

3. Silkiness


It is very soft to the touch and is often compared with Angora and Mohair fiber. Alpaca fiber has low levels of felting and has good elasticity and resistance.

           

4. Durability


Alpaca fiber can be used many times without wearing down. This means that all the products made of alpaca maintain their appearance and quality for long periods of time. It can be reused and that's why it is exported to more than 20 countries.

           

5. Water and dirt proof


These fibers have properties that repel water and dirt. Not only great for making all kinds of clothing but it eases the maintenance and the conservation of knitwear.

  



         

6. Hypoallergenic


The lack of lanolin makes alpaca fiber hypoallergenic, it reduces the risk of allergies and makes them suitable for sensitive skin. Alpaca fiber is also known by its hygroscopic property because it has low levels of humidity absorption. 

           

 7. Natural glow


Alpacas have an inherent glow that makes all knitwear beautiful and visually attractive.  


8. Natural colors variety


These fibers have a large range of natural colors, they come from creamy whites with gray and brown variations to really deep blacks. That’s why there is little to no necessity to use artificial colors.

           

9. Sustainability


The production of alpaca fiber has little impact on the environment in comparison to other animal 's fibers. The conservation of the Andean ecosystems is secured thanks to the work of thousands of Peruvian families that live in the highlands.


10. Cultural value


The breeding and production of alpaca fiber is profoundly linked with the Andean Peruvian culture, it represents the richness in the historical and artisanal heritage. The ability to yarn has passed through many generations and combined with these incredible fibers, we get not only high quality products but also a high cultural meaning.




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Why should I choose alpaca for knitwear?


The qualities of alpaca fiber are a consequence of the unique conditions in the Andes: weather, altitude and lands, a combination that nurtures the development of this precious animal. Alpaca fiber is especially valued in the international fashion industry, it represents a legacy of quality, sustainability and culture.

 

Now you know what makes alpaca fiber so special! Its luxurious softness, warmth, durability, and hypoallergenic properties make it a prized material in the fashion and textile industry.

Contact us if you want to obtain alpaca knitwear! We have the certification of Fair Trade Good Practices in Peru and we can help you with any doubt.

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