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Why is Alpaca considered a sustainable fiber?

Few people know that alpaca is in fact considered a sustainable fiber. What do we mean by that? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, alpaca is a sustainable fiber because alpacas coexist harmoniously in their natural habitat. They do not destroy the ecosystem of the natural grasslands where they live, but rather have a symbiotic relationship with the places they inhabit in the Andes.  How does this happen? Well, alpaca herds are easy on the land, because alpaca’s feet have a soft pad similar to a dog. Thanks to that, they do not disturb grass root systems of the swampy areas they inhabit. Alpacas eat the grass that grows at high altitudes. When they do so, they trap the...

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3 Myths About Alpaca Wool

Alpaca wool has become popular in recent years. We are starting to see that alpaca products are being offered by many big brands, several independent designers, and small retailers. Alpaca, however, is much less known than wool and cashmere to many. Some people prefer not to buy alpaca products, because they have heard some myths about alpaca that make it very undesirable. In this post, I want to tackle 3 of these myths about alpaca wool or fleece that may help bring out the truth about them, so that you, as a customer, are better informed about alpaca and its benefits. Hopefully, this will help you make educated decisions about your purchases, especially now that the cooler months are ahead...

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Alpacas vs. Llamas

What are the similarities and differences between alpacas and llamas? We get asked these questions frequently when we talk about alpaca and where it comes from. Alpacas and llamas are similar animals and that is why they get easily confused. But the aspects that make them different are significant, especially when it comes to the fashion industry. In this article, I explore what makes these 2 animals similar and different so that you can understand them better. Let’s start talking about what they have in common: They belong to the same family Both alpacas and llamas belong to the camelid family. South American camelids migrated from North to South America continent about 2 million years ago. They are related to...

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Alpaca vs. Cashmere, what you should know!

There are many differences between alpaca and cashmere. On this blogpost, we will explore those differences, so that next time you buy a sweater or a blanket, you are able to make a more educated decision. Hopefully, after reading this you will then be able to answer this question: Should you choose a sweater in alpaca or cashmere? Softness: When it comes to softness, quality is important. Good quality alpaca, which includes royal and baby alpaca, have about the same thickness as cashmere. The thickness rages between 18-23 microns in this case. Most cashmere falls at 19 microns. This is why it is important that you choose a good quality sweater when you decide to get one. Cheaper options usually...

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How to Fix a Snag on your Alpaca or Wool Sweater

In this blog-post, I want to show you how to fix a snag on most knitwear. Some garments are very delicate, and you may end up snagging them with your jewelry or something sharp or pointy. When this happens, some people decide to cut the loop off the sweater. This is the biggest mistake you can make! If you do that, eventually a hole will appear where you cut the yarn off. To fix your alpaca sweater or any other wool garment, all you need is a few minutes and a knit-quick hook. If you don’t have one, you can get one for less than $2 at one of the stores that offers knitwear supplies. After all, $2 is not...

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