In ancient times, it was even used as local currency for trading purposes. As time went by, the value of this wool has not decreased. On the contrary, people have started exploring the potential properties of this material and have learnt to use it for their own benefit. Today, the major supplier of alpaca wool is Peru. It is one of the most expensive wool types, which comes with unique characteristics, namely:
Versatility of Natural Shades
Alpaca wool has lots of natural shades and for this very reason, people don’t paint it at all. This allows wearing clothes manufactured of this material even to those people, who are prone to allergic reactions. The color palette of this wool is extensive - from snow-white and up to black.
Alpaca wool yarn is of high quality. It never fluffs, which contributes to the quality of clothes manufactured of it. Mind, however, that if you wish to preserve the clothes for a long time, then it makes sense to use natural compounds to prevent negative moth effects. Some of the most effective compounds are lavender, tobacco and cedar.
Warmth and Durability
Alpaca wool yarn is warmer and more durable as compared to that of sheep. What’s more, it possesses such properties as lightweightness and longevity. It is smooth and shiny in its structure and it’s very comfortable to touch or wear it. Alpaca wool clothes don’t stretch or rumple at all. They are resistant to different types of dirt.
Suitable for Any Weather
It may seem surprising, but alpaca wool warms you up, when it is cold outside, but it doesn't make you feel hot in summer. This means that you can wear alpaca wool clothes in any weather, irrespective of the time of the year.
The major disadvantage of alpaca wool is, probably, its cost. The material is very expensive, but it still enjoys popularity with customers and manufacturers. The most widely purchased things produced of this wool type are socks, sweaters, scarves, hats, coats, jackets, carpets, blankets, lap blankets etc. It is possible to buy these things online or offline, but skilled craftsmen can knit them on their own.
To get alpaca wool, each animal may be shaved twice a year, giving up to 3 kilos of quality wool each time. Right after that, the wool is manually sorted out to remove dirt, sand etc. Then the wool is washed to get rid of the rest of dirt and fat. If needed, it can be additionally painted, but this is an optional variant.