The Peruvian Alpaca is a member of the South American dromedaries. It is an animal with an elegant appearance. Its fur is covered with the most unique and finest fiber. There are two types of alpaca, the suri and the huacaya. The suri have long coats; they are well-known for their luster and drape. The huacaya are shorter and have more curly coats; its fiber is mostly use to create yarns. The alpacas are sheared every year. However, only the fine fleece of the alpaca is called “Baby Alpaca” which is a heavenly soft fiber, more warmer and lighter than cashmere or sheep wool yet stronger and more durable.
Historically, the alpacas were so treasured that it was reserved for the Inca royalty. It was consider as a symbol of high status. Alpaca has been called the “Gold of the Andes” for its outstanding value. Although alpaca is recognized as one of the world’s most luxurious fibers, it is practical as well. The fiber is elastic, strong, incredibly soft, warm, lightweight, durable, comfortable, waterproof and holds its shape without stretching.
The color of the fiber varies with up 22 colors defined, ranging form white to black through grays and browns, a feature unique to alpaca. Among the advantageous textile properties of alpaca are its low rate of absorption of environmental humidity and its nonflammability. The structure of alpaca fiber makes it a superior thermal insulator, useful in varied climatic conditions. Adding to the luxury and practicality of alpaca is the beauty of its textures, especially for coats. It provides excellent drape, appearance, natural luster and handle, all while maintain its new appearance for a very long time.
Nowadays, the Alpaca fiber is considered by the fashion world as one of the most natural exclusive and luxurious fibers.
It is the best method to wash your alpaca clothes as the thing that causes wool products to shrink or felt is the change of temperature and agitation while wet. Do not twist or make machine wash.Water temperature: COOL -85° F Maximum
It is not recommended to use a dryer but if you choose to take the risk so, use a delicate low temperature and leave the product in the dryer for a very short period of time. Do not hang, the product must be in a flat position without sunlight. After the product has dried, you may touch it up with a cold iron.
It is recommended to clean products with the same shape and colors. It will avoid to get color changes after the washing process. Do not use bleach or chlorine bleach. Try to always check if the cleaner you want to use has already experience with alpaca products if not try not to use it.
Always make sure that the item is completely dry and protected against moths before storage.