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Our noble fibers are produced with minimum impact on the environment that surrounds them. Our goal is to produce good quality, comfortable garments which are timeless and eco-friendly.
We work with producers of natural fibers from artisanal production cooperatives, social enterprises and "alpaqueros"(alpaca farmers) in Andean communities, preserving their traditions and collaborating to improve their quality of life.
T H E A L P A C A
The alpaca is a camelid that lives in the Andes, 3000 to 5000 metres above sea level. It can measure up to 1m50 and weighs approximately 64kg. Its average life expectancy is 20. Females can mate from the age of 1 upwards and gestation lasts between 11 and 12 months.
The alpaca is sheared annually or every 2 years to obtain around 1.7 kilograms of fleece per animal.
There are 2 types of alpaca:
This breed has short, curly, dense and spongy fibers that cover almost all of the body leaving only the face and legs covered with short hair.
It is the most common in Peru (93% of the population).
This breed is more rare and has a long, silky coat with exceptional shine, which looks like dreadlocks. This breed produces less colour variation than the Huacaya.
This animal represents 7% of the alpaca population in Peru.
The fibers are manually classified according to their width and weight:
Royal Alpaca (less than 19 microns)
Baby Alpaca (22,5 microns)
Super Fine Alpaca (25.5 microns)
Sausage (29 microns), Coarse (32 microns)
Mixed Pieces (short fibers usually over 32 microns).
Micron is the equivalent of one thousandth of a metre. For example a human hair is 50 times thicker than a micron.
The alpacas produces 11 natural shades ranging from white to black, with shades of grey and black inbetween.
Considered by the Incas as the "fiber of the Gods", alpaca hair has exceptional qualities:
-it is 9 times thinner than human hair and its insulating power is seven times greater than that of sheep's wool,
-the microscopic air bubbles inside the hair allow the garment to breathe during hot days and retain body heat when it's cold
-it is also naturally hypoallergenic and waterproof
Alpaca fiber is unique compared to other luxury fibers.
Some other factors that influence the value of the alpaca are:
Fineness: it is an inherited, genetic factor. The greater the fineness, the greater the smoothness
Colour: white fiber has a higher price for industrial companies, as it allows them to dye it. On the other hand, for craftsmen, the naturally-coloured fibers are of greater value
Length of the fibre: depending on the length of the fibre, it is decided whether it can be combed or not
Production: the 2 most important aspects are the weight and the purity of the fleece
Impurities in the fibre: in this case, higher prices are also obtained for cleaner fibers
Nutritional factors: since they affect the growth and even the fineness of the fiber
Among the textile properties of the Alpaca fiber, the following stand out:
Non-flammable: the fiber is fire resistant
Elasticity and resistance: the alpaca fiber has very good elasticity and is extremely resistant much like wool and other animal fibers
Hygroscopic property: the absorption of humidity is low
Thermal property: the structure of alpaca fiber means it behaves like an insulator, adapting to different climatic conditions
Bobbling: Alpaca fiber has a lower tendency to bobbling if we compare it with wool and other animal fibers
Softness: the structure of the alpaca fiber, makes it very soft to the touch, much like a wool which is 3 to 4 microns finer.
Visual texture: the fabric hangs beautifully especially for making coats as there is a natural shine and a soft touch, which remains unchanged over time.
B A B Y A L P A C A
Baby alpaca does not come from newborns as many believe, it is simply a type of fiber fineness (21.5 microns).
A micron is a unit of length equal to one millionth of a metre. Also known as a micron or micrometre.
The baby alpaca comes mostly from the back of the adult alpaca, it is the only part that is not in contact with the ground.
It lacks lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and does not itch.
We mostly use baby alpaca because it is an exceptionally fine, incredibly soft, light and durable fiber.