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Three things to know about: Alpaca

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by Emma Elwin on 29 October, 2014

Lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton

I found this really good page called Mother nature network that wrote 10 things you didn’t know about Alpaca. Here are three things I found very interesting!

They grow superlative, hypoallergenic fleece: Alpaca fiber is much like sheep’s wool, but warmer and not itchy. It is lacking in lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and also allows it to be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing.

 They’re water-resistant: Like wool, alpaca fiber is water-resistant, but it can wick away moisture because of its unique ability to mimic cotton in moisture regain. These attributes are what make alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool and damp climates.

 They come in a rainbow of hues: Alpaca fiber comes in 16 tones that are recognized by the textile industry, from white to light rose gray to dark fawn, in addition to the blends that can be made from those, thus minimizing the need for pollution-intensive dying.

Read more here! 


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