Benefits of Alpaca Wool (Part 1 of 2)
Alpaca wool is recognized as one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world. It's used in the most elite global fashion houses because of its softness, luster and versatility. There are lots of amazing natural fibers, but none quite like Alpaca wool.
Warmth – Alpaca wool certainly has bragging rights here. It's simply the warmest all-weather friendly fiber. Alpaca fibers contain microscopic air pockets, providing great insulation and keeping you warm during the winter. These same air pockets allow for outstanding breathability, thus keeping you cool in the summer. A high-quality light sweater made from Alpaca wool can keep you warmer than most heavy jackets and more comfortable than many a cotton sweatshirt.
Weight – One reason Alpaca wool is so versatile is because of its weight, or lack thereof. Those same microscopic air pockets help to reduce the weight of Alpaca fibers, making Alpaca fabric almost as light as air. This minimal weight makes the fiber equally ideal for the shawl you wear to your favorite end of year award ceremony, the cardigan that's perfect for the annual work holiday party, or the sweater that you wear while cross-country skiing in February.
Strength – Alpaca wool fibers are fine, lightweight and silky. Yet this luxury fiber has great strength and durability. Don't let the cute Alpaca face fool you, these animals are tough and strong, surviving long, cold Andean winters. It's no wonder Alpaca fiber lasts longer than most any other luxury fiber, including other wools, cashmere, and silk. With proper care, high quality Alpaca apparel can be an heirloom passed down through the generations.
Texture – Alpaca, especially Royal or Baby Alpaca, has a special feel to it. Soft, luxurious, soothing, comforting, all of these adjectives apply. The feeling of a quality Alpaca garment draped around you is pure magic. You know you're wearing one of the true luxury fibers. Warm, Lightweight, Strong, with a special luxury feel: Alpaca fibers are truly some of nature's finest work. If you stop and think about it for a minute, it kind of makes sense. Alpaca have evolved over thousands of years to life in the high Andean mountains. Winters can be cold and harsh, the summer sun can burn right through you, and at such a high altitude, you want to be carrying as little extra weight as possible. The Alpaca fiber is simply a product of its environment and we're lucky enough to be able to share it with you.