THE STORY OF ALPACAS
Hidden in the mists of the high Andes, a mystical and almost magical little animal has journeyed over five millennia, domesticated and in partnership with their human owners.
Alpaca knitting wool is both thermal and hypoallergenic
It is classified as a rare specialty fibre, five times warmer than sheeps wool, more luxurious than cashmere, it is silky soft, warm and durable with unique thermal properties due to the microscopic air pockets found in the fibre, it has more thermal capacity than almost any other animal fibre. This contributes to the creation of lightweight apparel with very high insulation value, these pockets allow the user to breath through it on warm days, and likewise trap body heat in cold weather. It is also elastic and non-flammable. Alpaca fibre does not itch as wool often does, because it does not contain lanolin and other oils in the fleece, with a smooth cell structure, its extraordinary fineness of handle mean that alpaca garments are both hypoallergenic and luxuriously soft on your skin.
Excellent for babies as well as adults.
Our fabulous alpaca knitting wool stock is sourced from a supplier who has set up breeding ranches in the Andean highlands. Their main emphasis is on improving alpacas through sustainable breeding practices, educating small farmers who own most of the animals throughout the region. There is a growing demand for the Alpaca fibre in textile and fashion centres throughout the world. With a drastically limited supply of these animals outside South America and stringent export restrictions on further transport of their national treasures in order to avoid depletion of their own herds, consumers will continue to want more fleece than farmers can produce.