Alpaca Fiber

Rarer Than Cashmere, Warmer Than Wool

From high in the Peruvian Andes comes one of the finest luxury fibers in the world, baby alpaca. It’s incredibly soft, with a silk-smooth texture so fine it was once reserved for Inca royalty.

From the Andes to You

Cousin of the llama, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet on the harsh high plains of the Peruvian Andes. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades from ivory to black, and every grey and brown shade between.

Alpaca fiber is warmer and stronger than wool, and so resistant to saturation that it’s nearly water-repellant. It’s also free of the lanolin that is present in wool, making it hypoallergenic. Lighter shades of the fleece also take dyes beautifully, making it invaluable to our designers when they want to bring a vibrant sweater design to life.

Alpaca at a Glance

  • Lighter and warmer than wool.
  • Luxuriously soft to the touch with a silky sheen.
  • Comfortable and versatile to wear.
  • Grows naturally in dozens of beautiful shades.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Using Alpaca fiber promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes.