Written on April 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Since 1996, here at Mulberry Alpacas we have developed a vast knowledge about caring for our animals but also how to use their valuable fleece to make great products. What is so special about alpaca fibre? Many people are unaware of the superb qualities of this spectacular fibre -we’re keen to persuade you that wearing alpaca is the way forward!
Let’s firstly go back to South America, the original home of the animals we know and love today. It is reported by one historian that Incas used alpaca fibre, braided together with reeds or cotton to make bridges that spanned the canyons in the Peruvian Andes.
Historically, alpaca fleece has also been used for ladies dresses, academic robes and men’s suits.
Although not as commonly used as sheep’s wool, alpaca fibre is proven to be three times warmer. Within the centre of many individual alpaca fibres are tiny hollow areas that hold warmth and also make it lighter in weight than products made with other animal fibres.
A separate study that was conducted showed sheep’s wool gave a 30 degree F comfort range in a 0 degree F environment. Alpaca fleece, on the other hand, gives a 50 degree F comfort range!
Not only is alpaca fleece strong and warm, it is proven to be incredibly water resistant. This may suggest why alpacas are so successful at wicking moisture away from their bodies. Our alpaca socks are a great purchase as not only are they warm but they prevent your feet feeling sweaty; perfect for those cold, wet days in the unpredictable British weather.
Due to a lack of lanolin, as found in sheep’s wool, alpaca fleece is not only easier to process but does not require a scouring process and even produces a 87-95% clean fibre yield as opposed to the 43-76% clean fibre yield produced by a sheep.
Another great benefit of wearing alpaca’s natural fibre -it is hypoallergenic. Those that tend to stay away from wool, report no allergic reaction to alpaca.
If we have not yet managed to persuade you to wear alpaca, perhaps the news that alpaca fleece comes in 23 beautiful natural colours from white through to shades of grey and black will convince you. Not only that but alpaca fibre takes very well to dye. Interestingly, in Peru coloured alpacas are not as sought after as white alpacas which are particularly desirable as they are lovely to dye in the bright colours that so many Peruvians love.
We take huge pride in our alpaca products here at Mulberry Alpacas and welcome you to come and see where your products are made before you buy. From our socks and hats to even duvets and egg cosies, we are sure you will love our items as much as we do.← Go Back