Responsible Alpaca

Responsible Alpaca

Alpaca fleece is a natural protein fiber that comes from alpacas, fluffy animals in the South American branch of the camel family.
Alpaca is quickly becoming one of the world’s most renowned sustainable fibers.
It is warmer, stronger, lighter and softer than other quality contenders
for high-end luxury materials, such as cashmere.

80% of all Alpaca yarns come from Peru. The Peruvian history is intertwined with alpaca farming. From the breeder who raises the livestock, to the master sorter who learned from its parents how to sort the fleece, to the spinners and knitters who produce some of the world’s highest quality items for fashion supply chains; alpaca is part of Peru’s diverse textile heritage.
By buying an alpaca product, you are directly contributing to the livelihood
of the people who depend on exporting this wonderful fiber to survive.

Next to that, the process of alpaca farming does not require harsh chemicals and buying alpaca supports
indigenous communities in Peru. A win-win, and an extra good feeling about your new sweater.

So, for our wool styles we love to use alpaca blends, it won’t shrink or pill if given correct care, it’s hyper
allergenic and has water resistant properties.

About the Alpaca:

  • Alpacas could be the greenest animals on the planet. They produce more fleece than sheep and have more effective eating and drinking habits than other grazing animals. They require less water and food, compared to goats and sheep, which reduces their impact on the planet further.
  • Unlike goats and sheep, alpaca have padded feet that are gentle and do not harm the earth. Goats and sheep have hooves which can cause land degradation. When alpaca graze, they do not damage or destroy root systems, so land is left undamaged, and plants continue growing after an alpaca has eaten it.
  • Most alpacas are quite friendly and do not mind being handled. They are not harmed during the shearing process, means that their wool can be considered sustainable in that respect as well.