The Alpaca Quality

Alpaca hair possesses excellent thermal insulation.

In its native environment, during the course of 24 hours, the animal may have to endure snow, hail, rain and night time temperatures as low as -20°C. During the day the rarified mountain atmosphere will allow the temperature to soar to 18°C. To achieve this miracle in thermal insulation, the Alpaca has developed a unique coat whose cell structure is similar to human hair. Unlike wool and cashmere, Alpaca hair is hollow which allows the air trapped inside to expand and contract with temperature variations. When compared with lambswool, mohair or cashmere, Alpaca is lighter and far warmer on a weight by weight basis. This factor alone gives Alpaca garments superior 'warmth without weight'.

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