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Alpaca Clothing and Gifts

Updated on December 11, 2016

Alpaca Knits: The Eco-Friendly, Super Soft & Hypoallergenic Choice!

We absolutely love alpacas! These beautiful, gentle creatures have some of the softest, most lush fur coats in the world. Best of all, alpacas aren't harmed in any way when they are sheared.

Their coats are shorn periodically to create very desirable alpaca clothing and gift items including scarves, sweaters, shawls, blankets, socks, gloves and many more interesting knitted treasures - all made from fabulous alpaca fur.

Alpaca fur is eco-friendly, warm, breathable, and a terrific alternative to wool. Read on to learn more about these very special creatures and the products made from their luscious, fabulous coats.

Why Alpaca Products are Eco-Friendly

Looking for new ways to shop "green"?

Consider buying alpaca products. Here's why -

Alpacas Are Not Harmed: Alpacas are shorn (given a haircut) once a year in the spring. They actually enjoy losing their heavy fleece coat before the heat of summer. In fact, if you've even been to an alpaca farm after they've been shorn, you'll see them gleefully cavorting around in a playful mood.

No Chemicals Needed: Unlike wool, no chemicals are needed to process alpaca fleece.

Years Of Durability: Given today's sometimes disposable society of "use it and throw it away", alpaca garments are quite the opposite. Many alpaca garments like blankets, ponchos, scarves, and sweaters will literally last for generations. It is not uncommon for certain alpaca made products to become family heirlooms.

Types of Alpacas

The Huacayas and Suris

There are two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the mop-like Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dread-locks but not actually matted fibers).

Suris are prized for their longer and silkier fibers, and estimated to make up between 19-20% of the Alpaca population. Since its import into the United States, the number of Suri alpacas has grown substantially and become more color diverse. The Suri is thought to be rarer, possibly because it is less hardy in the harsh South American mountain climates, as its fleece offers less insulation against the cold.

Alpacas come in many shades from black to various shades of browns to fawn, white, silver-greys, and rosey-greys. White is predominant, the white fiber can be dyed in the largest ranges of colors.

Alpaca Products - Better Than Wool

The Earth-Friendly, Natural Clothing Choice

Alpaca Clothing is Superior to Wool:

· Superior in strength, warmth, softness

· Smooth fibers - removes the itchiness and allergic reactions

· Naturally rain resistant

· Washable with lower tendency to shrink

· Resilient - your cherished alpaca garment can last for many years

Alpaca Fiber is Superior to Man-made Fibers:

· More comfortable in cold weather

· Warm even when wet

· Better wicking of body moisture

· Resists odors, even in socks!

· 100% natural luxurious fiber which is environmentally excellent

· Naturally wind resistant

· Excellent breathability

· Does not mat or pill

· Fire resistant, will not melt

· Low static

· Wrinkle resistant (hang up and wrinkles fade away)

Alpaca Scarves

Superior Softness & Warmth!

Alpaca Scarves are becoming increasingly popular, not only because they're five times warmer than knit or wool scarves, but for a few other important reasons as well.

Versatile alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic and microscopically very smooth, thereby making it extremely comfortable on bare skin. If you shy away from scarves because they itch, try wearing one of the many varieties of alpaca scarves. They're sure to please you or someone you love!

Alpacas 101

Get To Know These Friendly Creatures

More and more people are enjoying the luxurious feel of alpaca sweaters, blankets, coats, and other garments. But what makes alpaca garments so special and so desired? Well, it all starts with the animal itself, a noble yet friendly creature that is thankfully enjoying a renaissance around the world.

If you've ever seen an alpaca up close, you'll likely consider them part of the llama or camel species. Actually, they are distant family members of both. They look more like llamas but have many camel characteristics. Their running and sitting styles are very similar to camels and just like camels, alpacas consume only small amounts of water.

These beautiful animals are desired for their soft yet very durable fleece, which is shorn annually. Yet their carbon footprint is another reason they are becoming so popular to raise. They eat grass, but unlike other livestock, they don't rip out the roots, so the grass regenerates.

Further, alpacas eat less per pound than similar species and their waste product is sought after as a natural, low odor fertilizer. Their gentle, playful demeanor makes them ideal for raising herds, one reason why alpaca farms have become more prominent all over the world.

More and more people are learning about the benefits of owning an alpaca garment, whether it's a luxurious alpaca wool sweater or any of the many other clothing items made from the fleece of these wonderful animals.

Alpaca Sweaters

A Warm, Beautiful & Luxurious Gift Idea

Alpaca sweaters make excellent gifts (for yourself or someone special) since they are pleasing to the eye, durable, natural, and itch-free.

I gave one to my wife for Christmas and she loves it! Super soft and not itchy...a definite plus!

Alpaca Shearing Video - Don't Worry They Aren't Hurt! - See How Alpacas Are Sheared ... Before & After Their Haircuts.

Alpaca Blankets

The Eco-Friendly Choice for Durability, Softness and Beauty

Alpaca fleece is much warmer than wool and more sturdy than cashmere. Sounds absolutely perfect for a blanket!

These eco friendly alpaca blankets are extremely durable. In fact, alpaca garments are often passed down from generation to generation. With proper care, they simply don't wear out.

Alpaca fleece is shorn from the alpaca every spring. And the alpacas actually enjoy shedding their thick coat before the summer heat sets in. Often they are seen bounding around their farms, joyfully playing with an almost childlike exhuberence.

Alpaca blankets come in about a dozen colors, and they are extremely resistant to fading.

Alpaca Yarn

Perfect for Knitters - Once You Try It You'll Be Hooked!

Are you a knitter? If so, alpaca yarn is perfect for creating your own unique garments.

WARNING: Once you've knitted with alpaca yarn, you may never want to go back to wool again! The soft, luxurious feel of alpaca is a sharp contrast to wool.

There are dozens of varieties of alpaca yarn available. which are hand spun and hand dyed.

You can also find processed rovings for spinners and batts for quilting. Go ahead and get creative!

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      olumen73 3 years ago

      Thanks a whole lot for sharing us about this Lens. Hope you will not get tired on creating posts as informative as this.

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like to make hand knitted garments and you've persuaded me to look into using alpaca.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I knitted myself an alpaca scarf and it's so warm and snuggly that I never want to go back to mass-produced products. The alpacas look so cute too, I'm relieved they are not harmed in any way. Do you keep them yourself?

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      Isabellas-cabin 5 years ago

      I love my Alpaca. I have three boys right now and am looking to expand my herd to more of the other females and breeding stock.

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      orchards 6 years ago

      I love my alpaca sweater, its so freaken soft,. Got it for Christmas last year!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Alpaca is ideal, soft, and warm, and lightweight.