SØSTER STUDIO

ALPACA WOOL

Material information
There are nearly 3 million Alpacas in Peru, representing about 80 percent of the entire world’s population. Most of these animals belong to small, local herdsmen who continue to employ humane breeding and shearing techniques which have been passed down for generations.
Alpacas do not bother trees and are generally considered to be of 'low-impact' to the environment, when compared to other herding animals such as sheep or goats.
This fiber is stronger and warmer than sheep's wool and is second only to mohair in strength. It equals or surpasses typical thermic characteristics of both cashmere and mohair.
Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic and less irritating to the skin. It’s an oilier fiber as well. Woven alpaca is water-resistant and highly breathable. It is washable, shrinks very little, and as is free of lanolin. It tends to resist dust. It's also is non-flammable and occurs naturally in 22 colors.
Due to these desirable characteristics, and the added difficulty of working the slippery fibers, products made from alpaca are generally more valuable than those made from sheep's wool.

It is a natural, renewable, biodegradable and durable fiber. And the animals are usually shorn once a year.

This material was sourced on the 7th Future Fabrics Expo, organised by The Sustainable Angle.
Garments with this material:
Oversized Alpaca Coat
Supplier information
Supplier - Incalpaca.
Origin - Peru.
Production - Peru.

Created and sponsors the ecological patrol, a non-profit Civil Association that has been working since 2011 managing and executing actions for the preservation and improvement of the environment, as well as awareness-raising campaigns in favour of a responsible and active society.

Sponsors the experimental farm of Pacomarca; an initiative that seeks to benefit all the people involved within the Alpaca´s chain of production, especially the thousands of peasant families that make a living of this in the Peruvian highlands.