Long ago, alpaca fibre was called The Fibre of the Gods and was reserved for royalty. Today it is available to anyone wishing clothing made from a superior fibre. If you are looking for high quality, environmentally conscious products made from a renewable resource, alpaca fibre fits the bill. Many classically styled garments last for generations.
Alpaca fibre is sometimes compared to cashmere and has the lustre of silk, making it even more desirable. It has no lanolin and is naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool can wear alpaca comfortably.
Alpaca Time uses only meticulously sorted and graded North American alpaca fibre to make each of its consistently high-quality end products. The processing of all of the products we produce is done only in Canada.
Alpaca Fibre benefits
- 6 times warmer and more durable than wool
- Superior breathability
- Wicks away body moisture
- Odour reduction
- Won’t mat or pill
- Naturally windproof
- Flame resistant and doesn’t melt
- Low static electricity
- Wrinkle and stain resistant
- Water repellent
Alpaca Time came up with the 80% alpaca/20% nylon blend we use in most of our products to improve fibre memory. Although nylon isn’t a natural fibre, it does the best job of adding the memory that alpaca needs, and at 20% it enhances the alpaca without taking away from all its amazing characteristics.
Alpaca Product Care Tips
To ensure the softness and durability of your items, we suggest hand-washing is the gentlest method of cleaning a garment. Special care must be taken as wet Alpaca fabric can weaken and stretch out of shape.
Follow these five simple steps and your purchase will give you years of luxurious comfort:
- Gently wash in warm water with a mild soap. Thoroughly rinse in the water of the same temperature.
- Gently press excess water from the garment. Never wring or twist items.
- While supporting the weight of the wet garment lay it on a dry towel. Ease the garment back into shape and roll up in the towel. Press to remove excess water and repeat this step with a second dry towel.
- On a flat surface lay the sweater on a fresh, dry towel, until thoroughly air dried.
- Once the garment is dry you will want to fold it carefully, avoiding a center crease. Never hang an alpaca sweater as it can stretch the garment out of shape. Lay flat in a drawer or on a closet shelf.