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Baby Alpaca

Meet the baby alpaca.

This amusingly adorable yet noble animal is a native of the Peruvian mountains. At the height of the Inca Empire, alpacas played an important role in the lives of pre-Colombian populations, who used alpaca fleece produce high-quality textiles that clothed millions of people. But when the Spanish conquerors arrived in South America, alpacas were largely replaced by livestock more familiar to us today, such as sheep, cows and horses. Traditional alpaca herdsman took to the high mountains, where altitudes reach over four thousand meters above sea level. There, on any day of the year, the temperature may swing as much as sixty degrees Fahrenheit between day and night.

An Extraordinary Textile Source.

Perhaps this is why, over time, alpacas developed hair with astonishing thermal properties that insulate like no other material during the cold nights, while at the same time providing fresh, breathable comfort—even in strong sunshine. The unusual resiliency of baby alpaca hair and its extraordinary fiber length mean that alpaca clothing retains a “new” appearance while lasting for years of wear. The finest alpaca fibers are also marvelously soft, providing the soft hand that makes alpaca garments treasured investment pieces. Besides having a silky-smooth texture, baby alpaca is rarer than cashmere, stronger than wool, nearly water-repellant, and free of the lanolin found in wool (non-allergenic). Baby alpaca is simply one of the finest luxury fabrics in the world.

A “Green” Fiber.

Alpacas’ genetic adaptations to the high mountainous terrain include cushioned paws that do not damage the soil, and a peculiar manner of grazing that does not damage the roots of plants they eat, preserving their fragile ecosystem. The production of alpaca fiber and textiles are sustainable in the long term.

Pima Cotton

Why Peruvian Pima Cotton?

Like any coveted agricultural product, the quality of cotton varies greatly. Peruvian pima cotton is the world’s finest, prized for its exceptional durability, silky softness and remarkable luster.

Grown and harvested with care.

Peruvian pima cotton grows in the lush northern coastal valleys of Peru, where the rich soils soak up the ideal amount of moisture at near-perfect equatorial temperatures. The result is cotton with a silky luster and an unbelievably soft hand. And Peru does not leave the harvesting of this precious resource to machines; rather, Peruvian pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand. This labor-intensive process is both more environmentally sound and produces a better cotton fabric. Industrial harvesting tears the cotton fibers, giving them a yellowed hue and a scratchy texture that affects the smoothness of the final fabric. Carefully hand-harvested Peruvian pima cotton produces a brilliant white shade of whole cotton, which dyes beautifully and feels soft and smooth against the skin.

Go Long for the win.

With any natural fiber, the longer and smoother the filament, the softer the hand. Ordinary cotton fibers measure between ½ to ¾ inches. But Peruvian pima cotton fibers have an extra-long staple length averaging one-and-three-eighths inches, resulting in an unparalleled softness, durability and resistance to pilling. And because pima cotton is hypoallergenic, it’s also a perfect choice for people with skin sensitivities.