Thursday, August 4, 2011
Alpaca Fiber in Fashion
Alpacas produce one of the worlds finest and most luxurious natural fibers. Soft as cashmere, warmer, lighter and stronger than wool, it is recognized by the worldwide fiber market in 22 natural colors. Ranging from pure white through fawn, browns to a true jet black. Colors shade out from steel blue to pale silver and even a vibrant rose-grey, and mahogany!
Alpaca has a natural, rich luster, with a silky feel. It is warm, and does not feel scratchy like some other animal fibers. Their fleece does not contain lanolin, making cleaning and processing very simple and enjoyable.
While alpacas come in many natural colors - more than any other fiber-producing animal - their fiber retains its luster even when dyed with non-chemical dyes. Alpaca fibers are sought after by fiber artists for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, lock hooking and many other fiber arts. Used alone or blended with other fibers, such as cashmere, mohair, silk, wool, angora or cotton, alpaca products are a luxurious pleasure both to the eye and to the touch.
Alpaca is as light, soft and glamorous as cashmere, yet much less expensive and more easily acquired and processed.
Alpaca fiber is considered to be hypo-allergenic, especially the ultra-fine, premium grade products.