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What you need to know about alpaca products

Alpacas, the South American "New World camels", are the aristocrats among all farm animals. They are the national treasure of the people of South America. They have only become native to the western world in the last few years, and are increasingly conquering both hearts and pastures in the countryside.

Valuable breeding animals command high prices all around the world, in a market in which demand is greater than supply. Not just breeding these noble animals, but producing something of value from the precious wool fibers – that is something really special!

Because permission to export these animals was given by Chile only in 1984, and by Peru only in 1991, they are still relatively uncommon sights.

Advantages of alpaca fleece:
  • warm and pleasant
  • light and breathable
  • non inflammable
  • free from dust mites, and thus suitable for asthmatics and allergy sufferers
  • no oil (lanolin) or animal fat (unlike sheep’s wool)
  • no use of formaldehyde in the processing
  • produced without chemical colorings or bleaches
  • contains natural resin, which protects the wool against aging and dirt
  • environmentally friendly
  • 100 % natural product (the fibers are produced biologically)
  • Fair Trade production

In Bolivia, Chile and Peru, alpacas are kept just as we keep sheep. They are continually shorn, and are also slaughtered when necessary. Their flesh is eaten – it tastes similar to mutton. Because the animals only multiply very slowly, it is only the oldest animals that are slaughtered. In the production of bears or baby fleeces, the whole of the fleece is used (both the wool and the skin). Young animals are shorn and knitting wool is produced from the shearings.


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