Here at CAMPO, a huge part of what we do revolves around what we make our fair-trade apparel out of—ALPACA FIBER. Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years and are known to be originally from Northern Peru. The Moche people of Northern Peru often used alpaca images in their art, clothing, and other products. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Ecuador, and Northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, needlessly to say it gets cold.
The wool from alpacas has long been referred to as “super fiber”. This is because of the many benefits it has compared to the other types of material. Alpaca doesn’t have the name recognition that cashmere has… yet! Some say it’s even softer than cashmere, but we know one comparison for certain. Alpaca fiber is MUCH more sustainable than cashmere.
The #1 thing we hear from our customers and fans is just how crazy soft and cozy alpaca wool is!
Many are surprised at how soft, yet silky looking alpaca items are. In fact, its luster greatly resembles that of silk. Both soft and shiny, alpaca is superior when it comes to wearability and style. If that wasn’t enough, alpaca is hypoallergenic, which means it is lanolin-free, and the super soft material isn’t irritating nor itchy. With a fiber this beautiful and comfortable, many are quick to judge the performance of alpaca wool. However, alpaca wool has been shown to have about three times the insulating capacity of sheep’s wool per weight, meaning all of our apparel is lightweight and warm. In addition, it is very stretchy, repels water, and reduces odor.
Need one more reason? Back in the times of the Incans in Peru, alpaca was more valuable than gold. Once reserved for royalty, alpaca wool is truly a combination of luxury and performance that can be yours! You’re Welcome! 😊