Softer than silk, rarer than cashmere and warmer than wool. It’s a fact.
Alpacas belong to the camel family. Similar to the llamas, but slightly smaller, Alpacas are friendly and curious animals from thousands of years of domestication. They have very fine, dense hair in 22 natural colors; including white, ivory, beige, silver, sand-colored, brown, and black. The fineness of the alpaca fiber is comparable to silk rather than wool and the annual production is 20% lower than that of the cashmere goats, making Alpaca fiber one of the rarest and highest quality materials in the world. It is ideal for authentic, luxurious home furnishings.
All our products are made from 100% natural Baby Alpaca fur. Baby Alpaca is the highest quality of the Alpaca fiber, with a fiber thickness of less than 23 microns. This fine fiber guarantees a soft, lush product. There are two types of Alpacas, the Huacaya and the Suri. The Huacaya have denser and incredibly fluffy hair, while the Suri have loose, silky hair. This silkiness brings out the natural shine of the Alpaca fiber, particularly under bright conditions.
Historically, the Alpaca fiber was especially appreciated by the royal families of the Inca for its unique luster, firmness, and smooth softness. These fibers are hollow inside, making them very light. The hollowness also helps maintain a thermal equilibrium which stays up to 30% warmer than the same amount of merino wool. Alpaca wool is four times stronger than Merino wool and completely lint- free.
In addition, Alpaca wool includes very little lanoline, the typical wool fat, which is the main source of food for dust mites. It is repels dust and sweat – ideal for allergy sufferers, babies and sensitive skin types. Also, the scratching effect associated with wool is avoided.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Alpacas are not killed by the breeder for their fur. Therefore, it is 100% ethically correct, natural animal fur. To a large extent, the fur is of young animals, so-called Cria, which have died a natural death – many animals do not survive the increasingly tougher, climatic conditions in the highlands of the Andes. In 2016, more than 180,000 alpacas fell victim to the partially frosty conditions of up to minus 35 degrees Celsius. Alpacas have a life expectancy of 20-25 years, so shearing them over their lifetime is much more profitable than a single coat. Weich Couture Alpaca distances itself completely from animal-straining or other non-appropriate animal husbandry methods. Weich Couture Alpaca is committed to supporting regional alpaca breeders and donates 1% of its revenues to projects in Peru to preserve the indigenous tradition and proper husbandry of Alpaca animals.