Alpaca Fiber

 

Alpaca is a camelid of the Peruvian Andes. It has become synonymous with fine, high quality wool used in the elegant world of haute couture  It is one of the warmest as well as the finest, only surpassed by the vicuña.

 

It has the fiber with the greatest chromatic variety that exists in the world of weaving, ranging from white to black, passing through chestnuts and grays. This quality added to its warmth and softness, were inspiration and basis for the Andean textile, especially the Inca. 

Alpacas are smart and highly trainable animals. They can learn commands, hand signals, and tricks. They are also herd animals, and as such, they require other alpacas for socialization and security. They range in height from 2-3 ft  and its weight is between 165-187 lb. Their heads are small and rounded, with diminutive ears, large eyes and a sweet expression. 

 

PERUVIAN ALPACA FIBER BENEFITS
  • Lighter and warmer than wool
  • Breathable and Hypoallergenic
  • Luxuriously soft to the touch with a silky sheen
  • Lighter and Comfortable and versatile to wear
  • Grows naturally in dozens of beautiful shades
  • Alpaca fiber promotes sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Andes

 

ALPACA BREEDS

There are two varieties of alpaca: Huacaya and Suri.

Huacaya are almost 90% of present-day herds. They are strong, robust animals whose medium- length fleece has a fluffy appearance. They are resistant to cold temperatures and do not mid tough pastures.

Suri are slim and delicate, with long shaggy hair often reaching nearly to the ground. Their young are weak and at birth are affected by the low temperatures and by changes of climate and food.

  

ALPACA FIBER CHARACTERISTICS

Alpaca Superfine 26-27 microns curly hair fiber. It represents 40% of total alpaca production.
Baby Suri Alpaca 22-23 microns long, silky and sparse fiber. It represents 0.5% of total alpaca production.
Baby Alpaca 22-23 microns it has 22 natural colors. It represents 25% of total alpaca production.
Royal Alpaca 18-19 microns the finest fiber of huacaya. It represents 2% of total alpaca production.
Alpaca 16 16 microns has luster and an unbeatable softness to the touch.
The fiber from this exclusive selection has a fineness of 16 microns, a world record in Alpaca fiber.

 

Baby Alpaca refers to the grading of the fineness of the fiber. It’s the softest part of an adult Alpaca (usually the chest), not the age of the animal.

Royal Alpaca is the finest selection of the best alpaca fiber of both races (Suri and Huacaya), carried out by expert hands of artisans who master ancient secrets and later by a technical process, which allow them to choose the finest fiber soft and warm, possessing that elegant and subtle luster, which also encompasses the magnificent tonal range that this wonderful fiber can offer.

 

Altamira garments are made using alpaca fibers whose shearing process has been improved, making it friendly and without causing harm to this camelid.