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From high in the Peruvian Andes comes one of the finest luxury fibres in the world, baby alpaca. It’s incredibly soft, with a silk-smooth texture so fine it was once reserved for Inca royalty.
Cousin of the llama, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet on the harsh high plains of the Peruvian Andes. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades from ivory to black, and every grey and brown shade between.
Alpaca fibre is warmer and stronger than wool, and so resistant to saturation that it’s nearly water-repellant. It’s also free of the lanolin that is present in wool, making it hypoallergenic. Lighter shades of the fleece also take dyes beautifully, making it invaluable to our designers when they want to bring a vibrant sweater design to life.
There are countless reasons why alpaca fibre is so revered, but here at Peruvian Connection, it's how the fibre has woven its way into the history of Peruvian culture that makes it so compelling and endearing.