The finer the alpaca fiber is, the better it feels on the skin!
Constant improvement of quality is essential to us.
We select the alpacas for breeding very carefully, aiming for high-quality genetic inheritance and consistent quality of fiber production. A laboratory specialized in testing the fiber is assisting us with our breeding program.
Features & maintenanceThe high quality alpaca fibre we use is clearly softer and smoother than sheep wool. The clothes made from it are a real utility luxury, as they do not wrinkle or get dirty easily, but retain their shape and well-groomed appearance easily and for a long time.
The alpaca fiber has a hollow structure and a smooth surface. In addition, alpaca fibre is fat-free. This special structure explains its unique features.
- Insulates up to 7 x compared to other wool fibers
- Does not absorb odors
- Repels dirt and moisture
- It has been proven to transfer moisture from the skin better than technical fibers
- Through its leanness and softness, it is hypoallergenic and especially suitable for people with sensitive skin.
In the laboratory, alpaca fibre is measured by many different values. The most important for us are:
- Fiber diameter (microns = 1/1000 mm)
- Uniformity (SD = standard deviation)
- Softness (CF = comfort factor 100%)
- Crimp (CRV Dg / mm and SDC Dg / mm)
As a rule, our spun yarns, alpaca knits and accessories are made of a maximum of 18 - 22 micron fiber. We have set a goal of 16 microns (Imperial), which is also the goal of Peruvian alpaca breeding.
Alpha grades are graded by fiber diameter (microns) as follows:
- Coarse Alpaca:> 30 microns
- Alpaca: 28 microns
- Superfine: 24 microns
- Baby Alpaca: 22 microns
- Baby Royal: 18 microns
- Imperial: 16 microns
Thus, Baby Alpaca / Baby Royal does not refer to the age of the alpaca, but to the diameter of the fiber. The older the alpaca with this quality of fibre, the more valuable the fiber is, the more valuable the animal is. Precise processing work in Peru and Australia has resulted in a much finer fiber than Imperial (10-12 microns), but it is not yet of industrial significance due to the small amount.