Alpacas are the most colour diverse, fibre producing animals in the world. There are five main colours, which can be sub-divided into 22 natural shades.
Alpaca fibre is stronger than wool, and second only in strength to silk. Its fineness is measured in microns and in the most fine fleeced alpacas can be as fine as cashmere.
Alpaca fibre is free from lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic, and also easy to process commercially. Fine alpaca fibre measuring in the low 20 micron range, produces luxurious garments – which are warm and can also be lightweight. These can be made in the full variety of natural colours – or can readily be dyed using either natural or synthetic coloured dyes.
Alpaca certainly has bragging rights here. It's simply the warmest all-weather friendly fiber. Alpaca fibers contain microscopic air pockets, providing great insulation and keeping you warm during the winter. These same air pockets allow for outstanding breathability, thus keeping you cool in the summer. A high-quality light sweater made from Alpaca wool can keep you warmer than most heavy jackets and more comfortable than many a cotton sweatshirt.
Alpaca, has a special feel to it. Soft, luxurious, soothing, comforting, all of these adjectives apply. Wearing one of the true luxury fibes has a special luxury feel: Alpaca fibers are some of nature's finest work. Alpaca has a noble tradition in Peru of being prized as "the gold of the Incas," typically worn by royalty. The alpaca has evolved over thousands of years to life in the high Andean mountains. Winters can be cold and harsh, the summer sun can burn right through you, and at such a high altitude, you want to be carrying as little extra weight as possible. The Alpaca fiber is simply a product of its environment and we are glad to offer our products to you
This fibre transports moisture away from its source to the outside of a fabric where it is able to evaporate.Alpaca socks and insoles will keep your feet much, much warmer in winter than wool socks.