n the Andes, at 4,000 meters (13,000 ft.) altitude, there are 40ºC (104ºF) temperature differences in the course of the same day. To survive, the South American alpaca has evolved an adaptable semi-hollow fleece able to be cool in the scorching mornings and warm during the freezing nights.
This insulating fiber also has wicking properties, transferring moisture outwards where it‘s spread over the surface of the fibers, accelerating evaporation.
Alpaca fleece is exceptionally soft and cushioning reducing friction on the skin, preventing blisters when enjoying long walks.
Due to extreme solar radiation in the Andes the fiber also acquired UV resistance, protecting your skin from sun damage.
Unlike man-made fibers, alpaca production is kind to the environment and a sustainable process, making it the best outdoor protection developed by nature.
Alpaca fiber enhances the thermoregulatory actions of the body, creating a vapor barrier to keep you warm when the weather is cold and fresh when it’s hot. It is an excellent lightweight insulator. As a natural semi-hollow fiber it traps warm air in the cores insulating even when wet.
The fieece uses capillary action to transfer moisture from the skin outwards, where its contact area is increased over the surface of the fibers, improving the evaporation rate and keeping the user dry and comfortable.
The smooth and lustrous nature of alpaca fleece reduces friction on your skin when you move. This protein fiber is also remarkably strong, cushioning, UV blocking and odour resistant.
Alpaca herds roam freely in harmony with their natural ecosystems. They are shorn once a year and the fleece is skilfully sorted by hand into 52 shades of natural colours. Textile production is a main economic activity in the Andean highlands.