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7 Reasons To Switch To Alpaca Wool This Winter

by Christine Losser

With the outside temperature quickly dropping, alpaca fibre specialists AQVAROSSA shine a light on why alpaca wool is going to keep you warm all winter, without compromising on style.

Can we safely say alpacas are one of the most precious animals on Earth?  

At AQVAROSSA we can certainly vouch for this! The alpacas are indigenous to the Peruvian Andes and since pre-Inca times, this wonderful species has been part of Peruvian culture and played an integral role in everyday life in the Andean region. Alpacas mainly live in the Peruvian Andes at heights between 4000 and 4500 meters where they graze on natural pastures in an abundance of space. Alpacas are known for being smart social creatures. They live happily in groups of animals of different ages in small herds of 150 furry friends, looked after by farmers and their families who heavily depend on them as their main source of income. To prepare them for hot  summers the alpacas are sheared once per year and their wool is used to create long  lasting garments. 

During the Inca civilization, a piece of cloth made of alpaca fibre was considered the most precious gift. It was a sign of social status and was exclusive to members of the royal family and the highest officials of the Inca civilization. That’s why today alpaca wool still has such luxurious connotations, not least for its incredible super powers including softness, silkiness, breathability, versatility and hypoallergenic qualities. 

Falling in love with alpaca wool is really not that difficult! Once you have tried a garment made with this elite wool you really don’t want anything else. In fact, you’ll probably wish that everything around you would be made of alpaca wool, door handles included.  

7 reasons why alpaca wool is the perfect addition to any wardrobe this winter: 

1. You can count on alpaca wool to keep you stylish, cosy, and warm

Alpaca fibre, often referred to as the Gold of the Andes, never fails to give you that snug, warm feeling. Alpaca is a rare luxurious natural fibre that is even softer than cashmere and more durable. Alpaca fibres are hollow with an insulating core that gives them incredible superpowers. It's exactly this internal structure of the Gold of the Andes that makes it unusually warm.

2. Alpaca wool will always maintain its eternal gloss

One of the most mesmerizing elements of Alpaca fiber is its gentle sheen. Regardless of the number of washes and the nature of use, alpaca never looks old. The texture of alpaca fibre is the main reason for its eternal gloss.

3. Colour lovers can choose from alpaca’s abundance of natural colours

With 22 official colours (plus their intermediate tones), alpaca is one of the richest fibres found in nature when it comes to colour. Although most breeds of alpaca are found in the traditional shades of black, brown and white, the fibre can feature in more than 200 hundred shades including some amazing shades of peach, red and maroon.

4. Light as a feather: giving you incomparable comfort

The alpaca fibre is naturally light because it has hollow air pockets which will store your body heat, resulting in an optimal superb warmth. The natural luxurious fluff that comes with alpaca fibre makes it comfortable to wear, even our classically designed thick winter coats feel as light as a feather.

5. Total itch free wearing pleasure

Alpaca fibre has no lanolin, which is a natural wax secreted by some wool-producing animals that people can be allergic to. Therefore, alpaca fibre is naturally hypoallergenic, giving you an itch free experience.

6. No sweat, no tears!

Because the alpaca fibre has natural hollow air pockets, it has the ability to make any garment extremely breathable.

7. Keeping you safe: flame and water resistant

No other fibre in the world can claim immunity against flame and moisture. Thank you, Mother Nature, for protecting us everywhere we go.