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Alpaca wool – The importance of dressing according to natural fashion

Let’s talk about alpaca wool today. Have you ever wondered what alpaca is?
Surely we have more or less all heard of the alpaca. And yet, unless you’re an animal lover, I’m sure you haven’t delved deeply into the subject, and alpaca remains unfamiliar to you, more or less like tamarind to many who drink it but have no idea what plant it is , that tamarind!

Well, the tamarind is a giant Gaggia tree that produces very special fruits!
Coming back to the alpaca, I’m happy to let you know. The alpaca is one of two widely domesticated camelid species in South America, the other being the llama (llama in Spanish).

THE ALPACAS

Alpacas

It looks a bit like a sheep with a larger waist and a much longer neck. Alpacas are not ruminants but, like all camelids, have three stomachs; on average, each alpaca eats about a kilo of vegetables a day and does not need large amounts of water. There are two breeds of alpacas: the Hancaya breed and the Suri breed.

SURI

Suri - animal alpaca

Alpaca females give birth to a single young per year with a gestation period of around 11.5 months.

A curious remark is that at first it was believed that the alpaca was a descendant of the llama, but in fact it was only later established that the alpaca was in fact descended from the vicuña, a beautiful and shy animal, at soft, fluffy wool. .. light and very warm wool, a very precious material.

VICUNA

Vicuna - PERU

It is said that a vicuña wool sweater can fit in a fist and warm you like a goose down jacket. Forget the honor and pleasure of owning one because that will never happen. The trade was closed because it ended up in the hands of the Americans, so stop, it’s over here. Then I will not tell you at what price, the production is very tight, so you can imagine! And believe me, imagine little.

But back to us, the affinity of the vicuña with the alpaca explains in detail why the alpaca wool is so soft, much more so than that of the llama.
The alpaca is raised in large herds at altitudes between 3500 and 5000 meters. Alpacas are found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

They are mowed once a year, precisely in the spring. The females provide an amount of alpaca wool that varies between 2 and 2.5 kilos. The males release about 4 kilos of wool. And then there are the little ones, how cute!

BABY ALPACA 

baby-alpaca

They give little, but their wool is the best! Sweet scary. Hey, did you know that alpaca wool does not contain lanolin? It just means that it does not cause allergies.

Don’t you think that’s spectacular?

ALPACA WOOL SWEATER

alpaca wool yarn

To make a beautiful alpaca wool sweater, it is absolutely not necessary to kill the animal, it is enough to shear it with respect for nature.

Alpaca fiber has a high degree of elasticity and resistance, and it is also particularly dirt and odor resistant. It does not knot as badly as cashmere or other natural fibres. Therefore, products made from alpaca are known for their longevity and durability.

Alpaca Crafts Peru

WE SAY NO TO FUR

This graceful animal, the alpaca, is not only shorn, but also eaten!. Its meat is said to be good. I asked the LAMAMITA team to give you complete information on the quality of the meat and its taste and do you know what they answered me? Here are the exact words:
“We have never eaten alpaca meat. Friend, do you know why alpacas are eaten?”

 

 

 

I didn’t know and I didn’t speculate, I admitted my ignorance. Here is the explanation they gave me:

“The alpaca is slaughtered and then its meat is eaten, because trade knows no borders. We asked more of this graceful and generous animal, which has already given so much. We asked for its skin because with this hair, so long and so soft, so many items are made: teddies, slippers, hats…all furry, great!But this production requires killing the animal, at this stage the meat is for food.
The alpaca has given us our livelihood, profiting from its death doesn’t seem fair to us, that’s why we’ve decided not to buy or sell items that, although beautiful, involve the killing of these magnificent animals”

Ok, I say, very clear explanation! Now, after having touched these beautiful alpaca sweaters, I can confirm the qualities of this very special wool: fluffy, light, soft, with incredible warmth properties! Then go to this beautiful natural fashion online store and discover the natural clothes where the alpaca reigns supreme:

Alpaca clothing at LaMamita knit alpaca clothing 

And of course those who like to beat or crochet, I recommend buying balls of alpaca wool, better said baby alpaca wool, very soft and very warm.

ALPACA YARN 

Ok, that’s all for today, you learned something new. I hope in a fun way!

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Good evening
Fatane

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