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Alpaca - properties of the wool

The wool of the alpaca with its excellent properties is one of the highest quality and most expensive wool types in the world. It is also considered to be one of the warmest types of wool. It is even said that alpaca wool is up to five times warmer than normal sheep wool.

 

Alpaca fiber has a high degree of elasticity and resilience and is particularly dirt and odour repellent. It does not felt as much as cashmere or other natural fibers. Products made from alpaca are therefore known for their longevity and durability. Nevertheless, the material remains soft and supple and has a natural sheen that gives the products a particularly elegant appearance.

Alpaca wool is water repellent by nature and is considered particularly easy to care for. This property makes the fibres less susceptible to dirt and ensures that alpaca wool is largely spared from everyday odours and retains its neutral odour.

 

Alpaca wool is particularly popular due to its thermal properties. Since the fiber is hollow on the inside, it is not only very light but it can also insulate heat well and thus store your own body temperature particularly well. The hollow fibers insulate in cold weather and keep the body warm on cold days. Even in summer, the fibers provide heat compensation, and the thermoregulatory properties prevent heat build-up. In addition, the wool can absorb small amounts of fluids (such as sweat).

At the same time, alpaca wool is suitable for allergy sufferers. The antibacterial effect, due to the very low proportion of wool fat, makes the formation of bacteria that could lead to infections almost impossible.

The quality of alpaca wool is divided into categories based on the fineness (micron). The fiber of the alpacas can be between 13 and 30 microns and is divided into 5 fineness levels:

Royal:

Baby Alpaca:

Superfine:

Fine:
Alpaca:

under 19 microns

19 -21.9 microns

22 - 24.9

25 - 27.9 microns
28 - 30 microns

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