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Baby Alpaca: rarer than cashmere, warmer than wool.
From high in the Peruvian Andes comes one of the finest luxury fibers in the world. Baby alpaca—so silky soft and velvety smooth to the touch it was once reserved for Inca royalty.
Baby Alpaca: A Fiber That Stands Apart.
Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. While similar to sheep’s wool, it’s lighter yet much warmer and not itchy against the skin. And because it has no lanolin, alpaca can often be worn by people who are allergic to the lanolin in wool.
From the Andes to You
Cousin of the llama, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet on the harsh altiplano of the Peruvian Andes. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades-from ivory to black, with all the grays and browns in between. Lighter shades of the fleece also take dyes beautifully.
From the Andes to You (continued)
The noble alpaca is tended by native Andean herdsmen, who humanely shear them every other year at the onset of the rainy season. The yield is about eight pounds of fleece per animal. Most of the fleece sheared from the first clip is classified as baby alpaca, as is select fiber from adult alpacas. Baby alpaca and an even finer grade, royal alpaca are the only types we use in our collections.
Alpaca at a Glance
- Lighter and warmer than wool
- Luxuriously soft to the touch with a silky sheen
- Comfortable and versatile to wear
- Grows naturally in dozens of beautiful shades
- Alpaca fiber use promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes
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