The Fiber - An Ancient Fiber for Modern Times
The Alpaca fiber is a totally renewable resource which has provided sustenance to the indigenous communities for centuries. Alpaca fiber is hollow, most like human hair in its composition. It is comprised of air filled cells creating its most unique characteristic of absorbing and trapping body heat for natural insulation. This hollow fiber naturally breathes and actually expands and softens when exposed to the air and body heat making a perfect natural regulator of heat and circulation. Compared to sheep wool the number of individual fibers is considerably less explaining why people allergic to sheep’s wool are not allergic to the Alpaca fiber (hair).
The Alpaca fiber is:
Naturally rain and snow repellent
Has natural compression
Unlike wool, Alpaca fibers are smooth and contain no lanolin or other oils. The hair contains a natural resin which protects it from aging and getting dirty as well as aiding in wind and water resistance. Alpaca fiber provides far greater insulating quality than wool with none of the itch.
The alpacas which provide the finest hair to Sports Alpaca and ALPACOR® do not require the painful process of mulesing. The maintenance and annual shearing of the alpacas is considered a sacred part of the lives of these indigenous communities whose members carefully guard the health and well being of their alpaca herds.
Alpacas do not suffer the same conditions which require the mulesing process for merino sheep, in particular.
ALPACOR® has been created utilizing a patented process that has successfully blended the Alpaca fiber with other natural and synthetic fibers that allow our alpaca yarn to be a true machine wash and dry alpaca yarn.
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