The Fibre

Beautiful things

The fleecy coat of the Alpaca is renowned for being among the softest in the world.  It has been used for centuries in the Andes Mountains of South America (locally called La Sierra) and was used by the Incas as a fabric for royalty.  The long, silky Alpaca fleece is stretchy and delicate, with a smooth cuticle that makes it incredibly soft against the skin.  It makes a lustrous, luxurious fabric and can be knitted as a pure fibre, or blended with other fibres such as cotton or silk for either knitting or weaving.  Its soft, silk-like qualities are embraced around the world. 

Why choose Alpaca? 

Alpaca fleece is celebrated for its stylish, long-length cut, its warm, rich colours and incredible tactility.  Naturally pure, it has a wonderful feel.  It is lightweight and very, very soft – it’s like a warm, emotional connection to the animals it comes from and the people who make it.

The fibre has a durable, hollow core that traps pockets of air.  These act as insulators against both cold and heat, making a breathable fabric which keeps the wearer warm in cold weather and cool in warmer weather - an ideal trans-seasonal fibre.

Alpaca fleece has a smoother shaft than goat fibres such as cashmere and mohair, or sheep wool that can be prickly against the skin.  It does not contain lanolin and is said to be naturally hypoallergenic, so can be worn by most people with allergies or sensitive skin.