All About Alpaca
Warm, yet lightweight. Oh-so-soft. All about our favorite material handwoven in Peru.
Warm, Yet Lightweight
Alpaca wool is 7 times warmer than sheep’s wool and even though alpaca is incredibly warm, it’s also super lightweight. How, you ask? The alpaca fibers are medullated, meaning the fibers are hollow, making them lighter in weight but also allowing them to easily trap heat for warmth.Shop Alpaca Throws
Alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Alpaca does not contain lanolin or other oils, so it holds less dust, allergens, and bacteria than other wool.Shop Alpaca Throws
Because of its softness, you may think alpaca is somewhat fragile, but it is actually one of the most durable fibers. Longer in length, alpaca fiber is much less likely to pill and wrinkle when compared to shorter fibers (looking at you, cashmere...). And bonus, alpaca is also naturally water resistant.
A Focus on Sustainability
From their softly padded hooves that cause less damage to the environment to their ability to produce more fleece (16 Kashmir goats = 1 alpaca), alpacas are incredibly green.
Responsible Alpaca Standard
In addition to being members of the World Fair Trade Organization, our artisan partners also are audited for Responsible Alpaca Standard certification from Textile Exchange.More on our commitment
As part of the Responsible Alpaca Standard certification from Textile Exchange, a third-party verification body evaluates 10,000 alpaca farms that raise 100 or more alpacas to make sure they meet extensive requirements. With our World Fair Trade Organization guarantee, we are proud to continue supporting over 80 families in Peru, providing these communities with sustainable work and income.