The History of Alpaca – ANDEAN WORLD
Alpaca known as one of the most beautiful camelids in South America, the alpacas are indigenous to the Peruvian Andes. Since pre-Inca times, this wonderful species has been and still is part of our culture, and is an integral part of everyday life in the Andean region.
In the time of the Incas, the alpaca fiber was a social status symbol, which was also used as an element of commercial exchange. The finest alpaca threads were reserved for Inca nobility.
Nowadays, alpaca fiber is considered one of the most luxurious in the textile market. It is appreciated by designers and customers because of its unique attributes such as:
The alpaca’s wool is three times stronger than sheep fiber and seven times warmer.
It has excellent insulating and thermal qualities by having microscopic air pockets inside, which makes it lighter but still very hot.
It has a silky shine that remains despite production, dyeing or washing.
Does not contain fat, oil or lanolin.
It does not retain water and can resist solar radiation.
It is resistant, achieving very durable and easy care garments, being a saving for people and greater care for our environment. It is hypoallergenic due to its great refinement.
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