Peruvian alpaca is a member of South American dromedaries. It's an animal with a fancy appearance, its fur is covered with the most exclusive and thin fiber, there are two types of alpaca, Suri and Huacaya. The Suri has long coats, they're known for their shine and draped. Huacaya are shorter and have curied layers. Its fiber is used mainly to create threads. Alpaca is squished every year. However, only the fine alpaca fleece is called 'Baby alpaca' which is a softer, warmer, light, heavenly figure than cashmere or sheep wool but stronger and lasting.
Historically the alpacas were so precious that they were reserved for Inca royalty. It was considered a symbol of high status. The alpaca has been called the gold of the Andes for its excellent value. Although alpaca is recognized as one of the most luxurious fibers in the world, it is also practical. Fiber is elastic, strong, incredibly soft, warm, light, lasting, comfortable, water-resistant and maintains its shape without stretching.
The color of the fiber varies by up to 22 defined colors that go from white to black through grey and brown, an exclusive feature of the alpaca. Among the advantageous textile properties of alpaca are its low rate of environmental moisture absorption and its non-flammability. The structure of the alpaca fiber make its a higher, userful thermal insulator under various climatic conditions. In addition to the luxury and practice of alpaca, there's the beauty of its textures, especially for coats. It provides an excellent draped, appearance and natural brightness.
Actually, alpaca fiber is considered by the fashion world as one of the most natural, exclusive and luxurious fibers.
It's the best method for washing alpaca clothes, since what makes wool products shrink is the change of temperature and agitation while it is wet. Don't force or machine wash.Cold water temperature - 85° F maximum
It's not recommended to use a dryer, but if you choose to take the risk, use a low and delicate temperature and left the product in the dryer for a very short period of time. Don't hang it, the product must be in a flat position, without sunlight. After the product has been dry, you can touch it up with a cold iron.
It is recommended that the same form and colors be cleaned. It will avoid color changes after laundry process. Don't use bleach or chlorine, try to check whether the cleaner you wish to use already has experience with alpaca products, otherwise try not to use it.
Always make sure that the article is completely dry and protected against moths before storage.