Wool from the icy highlands of the Andes – silky soft and velvety smooth to the touch
From high in the Peruvian Andes comes one of the finest luxury fibres in the world. Cousins of the llamas, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet (4000 to 5000 m) on the harsh altiplano of the Peruvian Andes. Alpacas are tended by native Andean herdsmen, who humanely shear them every other year. Alpaca fibre use promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes.
Alpaca wool comes in different qualities – the fleece sheared from the first clip is classified as baby alpaca.
The limited Alpaca wraps shown on this page are made from a blend of 55 per cent cotton and 45 per cent baby alpaca. Baby alpaca is silky soft, smooth, and eleastic and, while similar to sheep’s wool, alpaca is warmer and lighter, not prickly, and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent.
Alpaca blend fabrics require particular attention in care and wash We recommend hand wash and the use of a special wool detergent or simply hair shampoo. The washing temperature should be low and must not exceed 30°C.
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