December 7, 2022

History of Alpaca Fiber

Alpaca fiber has a storied history dating back to the ancient tribes in the Andean highlands in Bolivia and Peru, where the alpaca’s ancestor, the vicuna, was first domesticated.

After selective breeding of the vicuna in the Andes, the alpaca was developed as an integral part to the Inca tribes’ survival.

The animals were raised not just for their coats but also for meat. Clothing made from alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty.

Many of the alpacas died out when the Spanish conquistadors invaded the territory and deemed the Merino sheep more valuable, but in the 1800s, the English discovered the alpaca fiber and it regained popularity.

Alpacas were exported around the world, and are raised in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand for their fiber however, Peruvian alpaca fiber is still the most popular today.

Doesn’t contain lanolin, which is a natural oil that causes allergies

Alpaca fiber has a hollow core, which insulates heat in the winter and helps keep it cool in the summer

Doesn’t absorb ba-a-a-ad moisture, unlike wool

5x warmer than wool. Take that, sheeple!

Cashmere likes to consider itself the belle of the fashion ball, but did you know alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere?

The micron count in alpaca fiber is similar to that in cashmere, hence the shared softness between the two!

Everyone loves Merino wool in the winter, but if it’s the summertime, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in sweat! Alpaca fleece doesn’t have that problem- the hollow structure of the fiber allows it to trap heat when it’s cold and keep cool when it’s warm! That means alpaca fleece can be used year-round for all kinds of weather!

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