Alpaca fiber products are a luxury fiber having all the unique properties of softness, durability and light weight warmth. Less alpaca fiber is produced each year than cashmere, angora or mohair. it is considered more luxurious than cashmere, angora or mohair.
Alpaca fiber is strong, flexible and has more thermal capacity as compared to any other animal fiber. Alpaca fiber does not cause itching as wool often does nor does it 'shead' as angora hair will do. It is a soft, lightweight garment with outstanding insulation value! The two fibers most commonly used from the animals are either from Suri Alpaca, which is relatively long, straight, silky hair (fibers) and is exceptionally lustrous. Huacaya Alpaca, which is comparatively short, slightly curly, dense with voluminous fibers.
Alpaca wool is classified as a rare specialty fiber. It is actually the wool derived from the South American 'camelid' species called the Alpaca or Lama Pacos, which inhabit the Andes Mountains of South America. This Alpaca fur, referred to as Alpaca fiber, is much warmer than sheep wool and more luxurious than cashmere! The Alpaca fibers are hand knitted out of hand spun Alpaca fiber, creating these stylish and luxuriously shawls!
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