Alpaca Textiles

Does Baby Alpaca really come from baby Alpacas?

No. Fibers are measured in microns and the appellation “Baby” is applied to products where the average fiber diameter is less than 22.5 microns. The fiber used to obtain this quality does not necessarily come from baby animals, but could come from an adult animal with a very fine coat..

Are the Alpaca animals killed or hunted for their fur?

Not any longer. Previously the Spanish conquistadors, and until the late 60’s, poachers used to hunt the Alpaca and Vicuna for their fur. Today many Andean countries have imposed restrictions on hunting the rare Alpaca and have allowed the indigenous tribes to own, protect and care for the national herds. The lifespan of an Alpaca is approximately 20-25 years, which makes the Alpaca wool a commodity similar to sheep wool, and thus the economic benefit of sheering live Alpaca far out weighs the temporary gain that one would receive from harvesting the fur..