Alpaca is a type of wool deriving from the fleece of an animal belonging to the camel family.
Alpacas (animals) traditionally live in Andean pastures (in southern Peru, northern Bolivia and northern Chile) at an altitude between 3500 and 5000 meters, but in recent years some breeding farms have also been born in Italy. Alpacas are shorn once a year and their fleece can, naturally, take up to twenty different colors.
The alpaca fibre is more resistant than sheep's wool and does not give the characteristic scratchy sensation of the latter; it does not contain lanolin (and for this reason it is more shiny and silky than traditional wool), it does not mat and does not give allergies.
Classified as a luxury fibre, the alpaca is soft and delicate, its softness is comparable to the cashmere fibre and its quality is given by the fineness of the fibre, its brightness and its "crimp", that is the wave that can see in a group of fibres. Precisely considering its belonging to the noble fibres, the alpaca is considered precious as cashmere and mohair: to preserve it over time it is necessary to wash it gently, even in the washing machine, but without stirring and at low temperatures, possibly with a mild detergent.
In general, wool guarantees a high degree of moisture absorption, but disperses it slowly, as silk therefore remains a little more humid than vegetable fibers. Wool is an enveloping and elastic fiber; alpaca, in particular, has a good "memory", ie it maintains the original shape of the textile product without creasing and taking up the initial shape even if the fabric is deformed. Wool is the most wear-resistant fiber, even if it can be attacked by moths. A curiosity: wool absorbs quickly and keeps odors, so the baby can easily find the smells of the house and their parents every time you use the wool to wrap them.
Because of its softness and natural warmth it is ideal for newborns, who find the warm embrace and the known scent and are more easily calmed.
The wool is able to isolate both from the cold and the heat, so it can be used with any temperature. It is ideal for sheltering from humidity and cold winter cold, but many people use it even when it is hot due to the high degree of absorbency and thermal insulation, in particular alpaca, being not scathing but silky, it is more appreciated than sheep's wool also for use in the summer months. It becomes yellow if it stays in the sun for a long time and the fabric weakens with washes at high temperatures.
WASHING INSTRUCTION FOR ALPACA CARRIERS
Due to the characteristics of the quality and the high quality of the alpaca, the carrier that contains it can be machine washed at a maximum temperature of 30 °C, with very delicate washing, preferably with a program dedicated to wool (very reduced agitation and without centrifugation), preferably with a wool detergent. It can NOT be dried, can be ironed at low temperatures. Remember that alpaca is a noble fiber, like cashmere and mohair: would you ever wash your expensive cashmere sweater with the same program chosen for the tablecloth, towels or sheets?
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