Alpaca: A Luxurious & Unique fiber
At Alqo Wasi we are committed to the environment by using sustainable and eco friendly resources as the Alpaca. All raw materials come from the Andean regions of Peru, emphasizing our responsibility to prevent the damage of nature. We are a Glocal brand devoted to creating timeless and authentic pieces made of luxurious Alpaca fiber blends.
Today, a world concerned about the environment and sustainability has the opportunity to be conscious of the importance of Alpacas and their unique fibre. Alpaca fiber is classified as a rare specialty fiber. It is a jewel amid all the synthetic fibers and harsh materials found in our everyday lives.
It was the principal material of Incan textiles for thousands of years, Alpaca wool, “the Gold of the Andes,” has always been unique and exclusive. Peru holds 86% of the world´s Alpaca total production and the fiber is available in a wide array of colors.
It is five times warmer than sheep wool and more luxurious than cashmere. Alpaca fiber can also be easily worked. The fleece is hand shorn using scissors. The animal is not harmed during the shearing process. Famed for its softness, Alpaca fiber is strong and resilient and has more thermal capacity than almost any other animal fiber. Raised at high altitudes in freezing cold, the Alpaca has developed more thermal capacity in its fiber than almost any other animal . The fiber actually contains microscopic air pockets that contribute to the creation of lightweight apparel with very high insulation value. Alpaca fiber does not itch as wool often does because it does not contain lanolin and has a smooth cell structure. There are two main species: the long silky-fibered Suri and the shorter, wavier-fibered Huacaya.
Today this extraordinary fiber plays a key role in the FASHION INDUSTRY.
But beyond that, wearing an Alpaca garment has a deeper meaning.
To be gentle on the land.
To save energy and water.
To support Andean people and their heritage