5 Reasons Why You Should Shop All Things Alpaca
The soft and silky feel of alpaca might make you think the fabric is fragile, but think again. Alpaca fleece is actually one of the most durable fibers there is. It is stronger than other textiles, does not shred or fade, is naturally water resistant and even hypoallergenic. Now preferred by the fashion industry for its superior qualities, Alpaca has quickly become "The New Cashmere", taking center stage at New York "Fashion Week".
Using Alpaca wool to create blankets and ponchos is a tradition that dates back thousands of years. The Andean people have passed down this history from generation to generation. By purchasing these goods, we are helping to spread awareness and appreciation of a cultural tradition that dates back to the beginning of South American civilization.
In a country with minimal resources, creating jobs is a very hard task to tackle. Many Ecuadorians work abroad in order to provide for their families back home. Investing in Alpaca products is in turn creating jobs for natives of Ecuador on the home-front. It is also keeping this beautiful tradition alive which has been passed down from so many generations.
Luxury usually comes at a high environmental cost. Other providers of wool, like goats and sheep, have hooves that damage the land they are herded on. This makes it extremely difficult for farmers to then use that land for agriculture. Alpaca have naturally lightly impacting hooves, making them minimally invasive on the land they use, thus making them less damaging on the environment overall. Alpaca fiber is free of lanolin oil, which means it can be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals. The lack of lanolin also minuses the likelihood of allergic reaction to those who are sensitive to wool, which does contain lanolin.
Alpacas Need the Trim
Unlike sheep, Alpaca do not naturally shed their wool. Alpaca need to be trimmed at least once a year to avoid overheating in the blaring sun of the Andes mountains during summer. The beautiful animal would be at risk of dying off if not for natives sheering them. Using this natural resource as a source of comfort is the only logical thing to do with all the fibers they produce!
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