The fineness of the alpaca fibre ranges from 18 microns to more than 35 microns. wich makes it possible to produce everything from extremely fine and light products to thick blankets with superior themal performance.
The physical characteristics of alpaca fibre, such as its range of colours, structure and resistance, make it possible to create garments of an exceptionally fine quality, luster and drape, properties difficult to replicate using any other textile fibre. The strength, density and curvature of the alpaca fibre make alpaca garments very resistant to wear and tear.
Due to the hygroscopic characteristics of the alpaca fibre, garments made of alpaca readily absorb moisture from the environment. In other words, the uncomfortable feeling of a “damp garment” is minimized in very humid climates.
Microscopically, animal fibres have the appearance of a palm tree with scales. While the height of the scales in wool is between 0,65 to 0,90 microns, the alpaca fibre hardly reaches 0,25 microns. These characteristics make alpaca fibre much softer and smoother than other animal fibres or cotton.
The physical characterisctics of alpaca fibre allow the manufacturing of products with superior performance in extreme climates, in both cold as well as warm weather. Moreover, alpaca fibre is more flame resistant than vegetable or synthetic fibres. In case of fire, alpaca does not melt onto the skin as synthetics fibres do.