The animal it inhabits the high andean zone, 3.800 m.
Peru is the largest producer 86% world wide.
Considered an ecological animal as it doesn’t damage or erode the pastures due to it’s soft cushion feet.
24 natural shades, it can be transformed into knitted & women garments.
Can be blended with other fibers such as wool, silk, bamboo, amoung others.
The fiber of the alpaca is longer than other fibers and can be spun in thin yarncounts and is considered 7 times more resistant that cashmere.
Dosen’t pill, stain easily or create static.
Silk & soft.
No natural oils like sheep’s wool.
Alpaca is a renewable resource and the use of the fiber that does
not hurt or interfear with the natural habitats of the animal.
The production methods and process does not generate a negative
impact and is almost entirely manual with no use of electric machines,
energy sources and chemicals.
Futhermore the breading of the animals provides important incomes
to the andean communities.
Due to the microscopic air pockets, allow the user to breathe through
the fibers on warm days, and likewise trap body heat in cold weather.
Warmer than merino wool, and is comparable to other natural fibers
such as cashmere and angora.
Why Peruvian Pima Cotton
After all the information provided it is hard to deny the great potential the Andean Camelids have, specially the Alpaca.
Here we present some important facts to consider, and why one should purchase and choose Alpaca:
The Andean Camelids in general are adapted to the hard grass of the Punas, they represent an efficient way to control desertification, as they cut and not tear the grass.
Studies show that Andean Camelids digest with at least 22% more efficiently, the harsh Andean grass than any other sheep. Resulting in a superior profit.
The soft cushion feet dose not erodes the grounds.
The Vicuña prosper in high altitudes were any other sheep will fail and dose not require much attention, as it is a wild specie.
The Alpaca has 22 natural colors and can be dyed with natural plant colors.
Peru holds 98% of the alpaca fiber production in the world, and the whole process from raw material to elaborated garment can be done in Peru.
Peru posses the bets genetic material of Alpaca and Vicunas, we have no need to import any.
They represent a sustainable and profitable option for the high Andean communities.
They offer the same products as the sheep, leather, fiber, and meat but in this case of a better quality.
The fiber is of a much better quality and each animal produces more. The Vicuña fiber is 2000 times more expensive than sheep.
The meat offers interesting advantages due to its low content of fat and cholesterol. It is also a natural source of meat as no artificial food is required.
The leather is of a great quality.
The social advantages are massive, 95 % of the high Puna pastures belong to the high Andean communities and they are the main responsible of the breeding and management of the herds.
The profit in breeding the Alpacas and controlling Vicuñas herds, is huge, the profit per hectare is at least 30 times more than with sheep.
The constant aid and training, done by institution and government are resulting in a finer fiber, therefore more incomes for the communities.
The Llamas also represent an interesting profit, as if its different uses are rescued and used.
GENERAL CARE AND STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS
When hand washing is advised, we recommend the following method:
Gently hand wash in cool water (up to 85°F) with a mild soap. We recommend using Luxury Fibre wash, our natural, non-toxic formula that maintains the garment’s natural lanolin and oils. Do not use the hand wash cycle in a washing machine.
Never use chlorine bleach. Gently press to remove excess water. Do not wring or twist; handle gently to avoid wrinkles and distortion.
Dry flat (lay horizontally for drying). Block to dry (reshape to original dimensions while drying).
Smooth by hand while wet to remove wrinkles and straighten the seams and facings.
When dry cleaning is advised, we recommend the following:
Seek out a reputable cleaner that is a member of the International Fabric care Institute.
Bring with you any labels or hangtags that contain fiber information or care instructions.
Outfits with several pieces should be cleaned at the same time to avoid any color discrepancies resulting from cleaning.
Inform the cleaner of any spots or stains; they will want to treat some stains before the dry cleaning process.
Your cleaner may also provide mothproofing. Request this service, if needed.
Store hand knit and hand loomed sweaters flat. As a general precaution, we do not advise hanging knit garments.
To avoid moth damage, take normal mothproofing precautions.
When storing suede or leather garments, hang in a well-ventilated area. Suede or leather garments need to breathe so should not be stored in a plastic bag.
When machine washing is advised, we recommend the following method:
Machine wash in cool water (up to 85°F) with a mild soap on delicate cycle.
Never use chlorine bleach.
Hang to dry or dry flat (lay horizontally for drying).