Alpaca Fiber

Alpaca Fiber

 

The alpaca is one of the two high Andean camelids domesticated in the world and where Peru stands out as the first producer of its fine fiber in the world, having 87% of the world population, with more than 3.6 million specimens

The alpaca has become synonymous with fine, high-quality wool, used in the elegant world of haute couture, it is one of the warmest and finest, second only to the vicuña.

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

Alpacas are intelligent and highly trainable animals. They can learn commands, hand signals, and tricks. They are also herding animals, and as such, they require other alpacas for their socialization and safety. Likewise, they vary in height from 2-3 feet and their weight is between 165-187 Lb. Their heads are small and rounded, with tiny 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, more comfortable, and versatile to wear.
  • It grows naturally in dozens of beautiful shades.
  • Promotes sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Andes.

ALPACA BREEDS

There are two varieties of alpaca: Huacaya and Suri.

 

Huacaya

The Huacaya is the predominant type of Alpaca. Its fine and voluminous fiber offers the widest variety of natural tones. Huacayas have a harmonious build giving the appearance of strength and grace. About 90% of the Alpaca population in Peru are Huacayas.

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

Suri is the least predominant type of Alpaca. It has a long and silky shiny fiber. Its wool is produced in a smaller variety of natural shades: white, beige, and light brown. The Suri's build has a distinctive appearance due to its long, curly hair. About 10% of the Alpaca population in Peru are Suri.

Suri Alpacas are slender and delicate, with long, shaggy hair that often reaches almost to the ground. Their young are weak and, at birth, they are affected by low temperatures and by changes in climate and food.



ALPACA FIBER CHARACTERISTICS

Alpaca Superfine 26-27 microns. It represents 40% of the total alpaca production.
Baby Suri Alpaca 22-23 microns long, silky and sparse fiber. It represents 0.5% of the total alpaca production.
Baby Alpaca 22-23 Microns, has 22 Natural Colors. It represents 25% of the total alpaca production.
Royal Alpaca 18-19 Microns, The Finest Fiber From Huacaya. Represents a 2% discount on total alpaca production.
Alpaca 16 16 microns has a sheen and unmatched softness to the touch.
he fiber in this exclusive selection has a fineness of 16 microns, a world record for alpaca fiber.

 

Baby Alpaca: It refers to the classification of the fineness of the fiber. It is the softest part of an adult alpaca (usually the chest), not the age of the animal.

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

Altamira's garments are made with alpaca fibers whose shearing process has been improved, making them friendly and without causing harm to this Camelid.