Alpaca Wool

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

Hypoallergenic

Using Alpaca fiber promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes

Alpaca Animal Mammal Camelid  - fietzfotos / Pixabay

Direct from alpaca

Cousin of the llama, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet on the harsh high plains of the Peruvian Andes. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades from ivory to black, and every grey and brown shade between.

Warmer and Stronger

Alpaca fiber is warmer and stronger than wool, and so resistant to saturation that it’s nearly water-repellant. It’s also free of the lanolin that is present in wool, making it hypoallergenic. Lighter shades of the fleece also take dyes beautifully, making it invaluable to our designers when they want to bring a vibrant sweater design to life.

Alpaca Farm Yard Animal Cattle  - birgl / Pixabay
Alpaca Animal Head Mammal  - manfredrichter / Pixabay

From Peru

There are countless reasons why alpaca fiber is so revered, but here at Peruvian Connection, it’s how the fiber has woven its way into the history of Peruvian culture that makes it so compelling and endearing.

Andes Naturals

Andes Naturals is founded upon more than 44 years of respect for Peruvian people, animals, landscapes, and culture. All of our shearing processes follow the protocol of “The Technical Norms for Shearing and Handling Alpaca Fiber Fleece” approved by the Peruvian Ministry of Production, which enforces a humane treatment of these gentle creatures.

Alpaca Lama Camel Pair Of Ungulates  - manfredrichter / Pixabay
Alpaca Animal Livestock Camelid  - TheOtherKev / Pixabay

About Alpacas fur

Alpacas are virtually never raised for their fur in the Andes. Rather, they are necessarily sheared once a year for their own health to prevent disease and illnesses that arise when their fleece becomes too long or matted. The shearing of alpaca is a historic Peruvian practice that is typically grounded in the wellbeing of this peaceful and valuable animal. It is only when an animal dies of natural causes, which is common in the harsh reaches of the Altiplano, that the fur is harvested. Alpaca herding families are dependent on alpacas for their existence, and we stand by this traditional practice when it is executed properly.

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