Material - Facts & Care
The alpaca fibre counts to the most precious and finest natural fibres on the planet.
It is warm, soft and has a unique glamour. Textiles made of alpaca fibre are resistant to wrikling and have little pilling. A unique feature: The fibre is hollow and the air inside supports the excellent thermo-characteristics of the material. Colloquially, instead of "alpaca fibre", also "alpaca fleece", "alpaca hair" or "alpaca wool" are used. The fibre is measured in micrometres. The less micrometres, the finer a processed item will be. One micrometre equals 0,001 mm. For comparison: The human hair has about 30 micrometres!
The fibres are selected manually for color and refinement in Perú. This traditional selection is very difficult and not many people have the skills to do this challenging handwork.
We differ between the following quality levels:
For our clothing, we use Royal Alpaca, Baby Alpaca and Superfine Alpaca. Royal Alpaka is one of the finest qualities and is comparable to Cashmere. Baby Alpaka quality does not need to be of a baby alpaca, but it has to equal the quality of a baby alpaca. Older animals, that have this excellent fibre quality are particularly demanden for breeding.
Peru has an age-old tradition of cultivation and improvement of cotton, which goes back to the pre-Inca cultures. Peruvian pima cotton (gossypium barbadense) is considered one of the softest and finest cotton species. This precious commodity is grown in the fertile soil of Piura and Chira valleys of northern Peru. Pima cotton differs from other types of cotton regarding the length and thickness of the fibre. The hand-picked Pima cotton stays intact and is much finer than automatically harvested cotton. You can feel the result: It is super soft, very resistant and has a nice shine. This gave Pima the name "silk of south america".
The GOTS certification
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifies the production of ecologically produced fashion since 2008. The organization aims for a worldwide, controlled, social and ecologic standard that grants transparency of the whol production chain of eco-fashion.
The minimum standards of the International labour organisation (ILO) are applied. Child labour, abuse, discrimination or forced labour are strictly forbidden, while fair loans, work protection and freedom of association are aspired. According to G.O.T.S., clothing needs to be produced at least of 90% natural fibres. 70% of that have to be of organic origin and are only allowed to be exposed to specific chemical processes. The usage of toxic heavy metals, Azo-dyes and similar colorants for dyeing and printing are forbidden. During the whole production process, water and energy consumption has to be kept as low as possible.
Therefore, G.O.T.S. not only stands for products that are harmless to health and wellbeing, but also environmentally friendly goods. Even the packaging is part of the certification. The manufacturer and all partners that are connected to the value chain are sponaneously controlled at least once a year.
In our onlineshop you can also find G.O.T.S. certified products.
Products made of alpaca fibre are, to a large extent, self-cleaning and require a similar care than usual wool products.
Most important care instructions:
+ Airing the garments is better than washing them
My garment took on an odour (for example smoke). What can I do?
Air your garments well. That sounds a bit strange, but the reason can be found in the nature of the fibre: The alpaca fibre is, in contrary to sheep wool, a hollow fibre and to a large extent self- cleaning. That means, odours and dirt are not absorbed by the fibre and will remove from the material quickly. Air your product regularly and well after wearing, and you will enjoy it for a long time.
What do I have to keep in mind when washing my products?
Please only uses special wool detergent and wash your garments manually. Please don't use any softener. Don't leave your product in the water for too long. Very important: Wash your garments cold, that means below 30°C / 86°F. When exposed to high temperatures, the alpaca fibre reacts like a human hair over a candle: It shrinks and crimps. That means your garment can, when washed too warm, shrink and felt. You should also avoid spin-drying, as this starts the felting- process, too. After washing your products don't mangle it, but lay it down flat, for example on a laundry rack. Put a dry towel underneath, when at hand. We do not recommend to hang up the products, as they might be pulled out of shape or wrinkles might emerge. Please avoid drying the garments in the sun or next to a heating.
My product is crinkled, what can I do?
No need to worry, this is easy to fix. All you need is a steam iron.
1. Fill your steam iron with water and turn it on the lowest temperature. Usually this corresponds to the setting for silk.
2. Hang up your product on a hanger or lay it down flat.
3. Now start steaming with your iron quickly along the wrinkles or crinkled spots. Do NOT touch the textile surface with the iron. Always make sure that you keep a distance of a few centimetres (let's say 2 inches) from your garment. The steam will make the wrinkles disappear. In case of really persistant wrinkles you can also put a humid cotton cloth between the staming iron and the product and repeat the process close to the surface. But please be very careful, because too much heat will cause damage to the fibre.
How should I store my garments?
In general, knitted goods shall be stored in a horizontal positon. In a wardrobe, alpaca clothing should (especially in summer) always be stored together with some lavender or cedarwood. Pure natural fibres without chemical treatment are very popular delicacy among clothes moths. Alternatively you can also use special clothes moths protection or put a piece of lavender-soap in between your clothes.
Do you have any questions regarding the alpaca fibre or the care of your products?
Please feel free to contact our customer service for individual support.