THE HABITAT OF THE ALPACA

The Alpacas live at altitudes ranging from 2,500 to over 4,500 meters above sea level for thousands of years, withstanding extreme weather conditions which can vary from +30°C to – 20°C in a single day. If this noble fiber did not have certain special properties, the animal would die.

Nature could not have designed a better natural insulating fiber. Alpacas survive on a low protein diet based on natural vegetation typically found on high altitude moorlands. They graze extensively rather than intensively.

There is fewer than one Alpaca per acre, and this minimizes the impact of farming on the environment as well as giving grazed pasture time to regenerate. Indigenous people from our Andes Mountains obtain the high-quality Alpaca fiber every 12 months during shearing season (November through March) causing no harm to the Alpacas

Once the fiber is collected it is then hand sorted by experienced women, enabling us to obtain 15 natural and undyed shades, which can also later be dyed. Alpaca fiber is a natural hair made of protein and, as such, is naturally biodegradable when disposed and blends back into the earth within a relatively short period of time. In contrast, synthetic and other man-made fibers take very long time to degrade and have a negative impact on our environment

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