What makes the Alpaca hide so unique compared to the other furs?
It is important to note that over 70% of the Alpaca fur in the world is found in the remote Peruvian Andes. At 4,000 meters in altitude, live two different types of Alpacas- the Suris, and the Huacayas . The Huancayas have a fluffier look while the Suris have long, lustrous locks. These alpacas are raised for their unique fiber by the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood. However, because of a combination of cold weather and lack of vegetation due to the high altitude, those gentle and hardy animals are only able to breed once a year and most of them, unfortunately, live less than a year. They are protected under SENASA by the Peruvian Government and it is illegal under any circumstance to kill them.For all animal lovers in the world, this stands as a truly critical point. This also explains the cost of the fur and its scarcity.
What is the process for obtaining the hides?
After having collected the hides of the deceased animals, the farmers treat them through an extensive cleaning process that remove any possible bacteria.They then sell those hides to artisans who dye them using natural pigments so that the properties of the alpaca remain intact. We have developed a series of new colors that will appeal to a wide variety of clients, just as much in the fashion industry as in the textile and furniture industry.
What are the unique and exceptional properties of the Alpaca fur?
It is naturally hypoallergenic; thus it can be used in a variety of ways- from baby cribs to bed covers, to rugs and upholstered seating. It is chemical free and completely natural. Highly resilient, it stands as a water resistant, odorless and smoother texture that doesn’t pill.
Since it is also more flame resistant than synthetic fibers or even plant, it can be used in multiple sectors that have stricter inflammability codes such as retail, hospitality and commercial. And finally, it is incredibly soft and luxurious!