Why Alpaca instead of other natural fibers?
Alpaca is finer, warmer and stronger than sheep's wool making it
lightweight warmth that's comfortable to wear. It's fineness greatly
reduces the "prickle factor" associated with most wools.
The fact that alpaca contains no lanolin makes it hypo-allergenic for most
people. In Incan history, alpaca was considered so luxurious that
only royalty was allowed to wear garments made from it!
Alpaca garments are hand-washable in tepid water using shampoo (after all,
alpaca is the hair of these fine animals). Alpaca fleece will felt
and shrink if mishandled so only use a washing machine for soaking
purposes (turn the agitator off). Once rinsed, I use the washing
machine's non-agitating spin cycle to remove excess water and then lay the
garment flat to dry. Alpaca may also be dry cleaned.