|Posted on September 24, 2020 at 3:15 PM|
From high in the Peruvian Andes comes one of the finest luxury fibres in the world!
It’s incredibly soft, with a silk-smooth texture so fine it was once reserved for Inca royalty.
Lighter and warmer than wool
Luxuriously soft to the touch with a silky sheen
Comfortable and versatile to wear
Grows naturally in dozens of beautiful shades
Using alpaca fibre promotes sustainable agriculture in the Andes
FROM THE ANDES TO YOU
Cousin of the llama, alpacas graze at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet on the harsh high plains of the Peruvian Andes. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades from ivory to black, and every grey and brown shade between.
Alpaca fibre is warmer and stronger than wool, and so resistant to saturation that it’s nearly water-repellant. It’s also free of the lanolin that is present in wool, making it hypoallergenic. Lighter shades of the fleece also take dyes beautifully, making it invaluable to our designers when they want to bring a vibrant sweater design to life.
There are countless reasons why alpaca fibre is so revered, but here at Peruvian Connection, it's how the fibre has woven its way into the history of Peruvian culture that makes it so compelling and endearing.
Peruvian Connection is founded upon more than 44 years of respect for Peruvian people, animals, landscapes, and culture. All of our shearing processes follow the protocol of “The Technical Norms for Shearing and Handling Alpaca Fibre Fleece” approved by the Peruvian Ministry of Production, which enforces a humane treatment of these gentle creatures.
Alpaca are generally docile animals that can be sheared with ease. They are necessarily sheared once a year for their own health to prevent disease and illnesses that arise when their fleece becomes too long or matted. The shearing of alpaca is an historic Peruvian practise that is typically grounded in the wellbeing of this peaceful and valuable animal, and we stand by this traditional practise when it is conducted properly.
CREAM OF THE COTTON CROP
Much like coffee, cashmere or wine, the quality of cotton varies greatly. Thanks to ideal growing conditions, extra-long staple length and hand harvesting, Peruvian pima cotton is the world’s finest, prized for its exceptional durability, softness and brilliant luster.
PIMA COTTON AT A GLANCE
Softer and more absorbent than other cottons
Ideal growing conditions in coastal Peru create the best quality pima cotton in the world
Due to its extra-long 1-3/8" staple length, Peruvian pima cotton is especially soft, durable, and highly resistant to pilling
Environmentally friendly hand-harvesting results in brilliant white fibres which dye beautifully and are free from scratchy impurities
Perfect for those who suffer from allergies or those with sensitive skin
Unlike much commercial cotton, Peruvian pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand. Not only is harvesting by hand more environmentally sound, it’s better for the cotton itself. Industrial harvesting tears the cotton fibres, giving it a yellowed hue and creating a scratchy texture that affect the smoothness of the final garment. The careful hand harvesting of Peruvian pima, however, results in a brilliant white shade of whole cotton, which dyes beautifully and feels soft and smooth against the skin.
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