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Alpaca is among natures finest textiles, being both finer than cashmere, lighter and warmer than merino, and because it contains no lanolin or rough fibers, even those with an allergy to wool can wear it.
What makes alpaca so unique is that it is a filament, like silk not a fiber like ordinary wool. Wool is a segmented fiber, like our own hair and therefore requires conditioning to prevent the forming of barbs or splits which cause wool to become itchy. Sheep also produce an oil called Lanolin which attracts pollens, allergens and dust and causes wool to mat, shrink and pill. Alpacas produce no Lanolin, therefore their wool is hypoallergenic, and their fleece is made of long, smooth hollow filaments causing it to be lighter, softer and warmer than any wool fiber.
Care and Cleaning
Handwash in cold water using a non-abrasive soap (Woolite or Liquid Detergent)
Lay flat or hang to dry. Do not wring!
Tumble on “air only” to fluff, and gently brush from the centre fold down using a soft hairbrush or garment brush to restore the “like - new” sheen and to remove any loose filaments.