About Alpaca Fiber
Want to know the negative characteristics of alpaca? There aren’t any! There are no negative effects, flaws, or allergies. There are only good reasons to wear alpaca. Below are just a few.
- Alpaca is as soft as cashmere.
- Alpaca is warmer and stronger than wool.
- Alpaca is hypoallergenic and will not irritate or scratch your skin.
- Ask any alpaca garment owner and they will tell you that this stuff outlasts anything else in their closet; it can last for generations.
- Alpaca does not stain easily.
- Alpaca does not tear easily.
- Alpaca does not attract static electricity.
- Alpaca is unusually strong and resilient.
- Alpaca contains air pockets in each fiber to create extremely warm but lightweight garments.
- Alpaca fleece does not contain grease or lanolin, so it is easier and less expensive to process than wool.
- Alpaca is easily cleaned–see recommendations on caring for alpaca garments below.
Want to be treated like a King or Queen? Wear alpaca! Thousands of years ago, Incas reserved alpaca exclusively for royalty.
Caring for Alpaca Clothes
- Grease and oil do not spot alpaca as readily as other fibers.
- Alpaca repels water/liquids, so they are easily blotted up.
- Alpaca does not induce static electricity, which otherwise may attract dust.
- If given a 24-hour rest in between wearings, odors will fall out and garment wrinkles will “iron” themselves and return to their natural shape.
- Surface soil and most stains can be easily removed by brushing with a lint brush or damp sponge.
- Alpaca garments may be easily refreshed by hanging them in a steamy bathroom.
- Even though most alpaca products are “dry clean only” (some are hand-washable), they do not have to be dry cleaned as often as other garments. This should save you enough money in dry cleaning costs to buy more alpaca stuff!