The fiber from the first shearing of an adult alpaca is called ‘baby alpaca’, which refers to the fibers of the neck and underbelly of the adult alpaca. It's a supreme variety of wool due to its durability and lightweight structure. Baby alpaca is warmer than sheep's wool, yet still has a very soft and glossy feeling.
Alpacas have been loved for many thousands of years, and for the Inca civilisation, the alpaca fiber had a higher value than gold.
Why the Planet Loves Alpaca
Where cashmere goats eat grasslands bare and destroy the natural habitat with their hooves, alpaca have soft pads leaving their surroundings undamaged. Also, they only nibble the top of the grass rather than uprooting it, leaving the soil fertile and rich.
Alpaca farming is sustainable as they roam free on farms and serve as guard animals. They are shorn once a year.
Alpaca is also an ecologically sustainable option, as no chemicals are used to process the material and very little water and dye is needed. Since it is a natural fiber, it is of course completely biodegradable.
The fibers are softer than cashmere and lighter, warmer, and more durable than merino wool. It makes sense that this fantastic animal has been cherished for more than 7000 years.
Whats not to love?