Alpacas (Lama pacos) is one of the most beautiful and gracious species on Earth. It is a South American camelid related to the llamas, guanacos, and vicuñas. The alpacas have been the treasure of the Andes for over 6000 years. The Peruvian region is the one that currently houses the largest population of alpacas in the world.
The alpaca lives on the world’s roof in the Andes in altitudes that range from 3,500 up to more than 4,500 meters above sea level. It adapts to temperatures fluctuating from -20°C to +30°C in less than 24 hours. The alpaca copes with it with its fur, which consists of soft air-filled fibers that insulate against both heat and cold.
Sheared each spring, alpaca fleece has up to 22 natural colors ranging from white to shades of gray, brown, and black. The alpaca fleece serves like a natural thermostat, keeping you at a steady temperature. It is naturally hypo-allergenic (lanolin-free), not itchy, does not retain water, and is not flammable.
The yarn used in our products is obtained from the finest parts of the fleece. Baby alpaca and Premium alpaca, both used in our products, have several outstanding properties: light, durable, and versatile.
Silkeborg Uldspinderi has gently transferred this unique capacity to its alpaca wool products with two other remarkable characteristics: softness and flexibility.