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How to Remove Pilling from your Garment

Let's talk about pilling! You bought a beautiful alpaca sweater you love and used it a few times. You wanted to wear it again and you saw that your sweater started getting some pilling – pilling is the little fuzz balls that appear on the wool, generally in the places where there’s friction, such as under your arms and on your chest, if you wear a jacket on top of the sweater. At this point, you think the sweater you bought is not very good quality because it is showing pilling so soon! Oh no! Disaster! But wait, the first thing to keep in mind is that pilling occurs because there are short fibers in the yarn used to make...

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Does Baby Alpaca come from Alpaca Babies?

Times have changed a lot since I started in the alpaca business in 2003. Back then, alpaca wasn’t as popular as it is now in the US, Europe, and Asia. It seems that 16 years later, consumers are much more knowledgeable about alpacas and alpaca products, but the question still pops up frequently: Does the Baby Alpaca used to make our garments and bedding come from Alpaca Babies? Sometimes, when people ask this question, they do it in a reproaching manner which shows what they are thinking: “are your products made with fiber that comes from killing baby alpacas???” Well, the answer is NO. But let me explain. When the technical term “baby alpaca” was first used many decades ago,...

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Having a hard time finding the right sweater for your body type?

  Many brands design and sell knitwear that is made for a certain segment of the population. For example, some brands focus on fitted silhouettes, such as those that sell to a younger audience. Some others make clothes that are everything but fitted garments, because they sell to women with fuller bodies. That is all fine and common practice. In the end, every company works to attract and serve a certain type of customer. In the case of Ella Ember, we design and produce alpaca knitwear mainly for women between the ages of 35-55. The challenge for us is that women in our age group are very diverse. Some are having children, some already had children in their younger years,...

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