Alpaca Garment Care

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Interesting Facts

Alpaca garments naturally repel moisture and dirt and do not soak up odours or spillages which results in requiring far less washing than a synthetic garment; a good airing on a flat surface is quite often all that is needed.

Alpaca fibre only has a minute amount of lanolin compared to sheep’s wool which means it can be washed at very low temperatures during the yarn making process.

Alpaca yarn is strong and warm without being heavy to wear.

Alpaca garments drape beautifully and come in a range of natural colours.

When storing through the warmer seasons beware of pesky moths; we use cedar chips to try to keep them away.

Do's . . . . 

. . . . Don'ts

  • Wear gloves if you have long nails or jewellery to prevent pulling or damage

  • Softly wash in cool water (up to 29°) with a mild detergent specifically for woolens

  • Simply let the water run for the duration of the washing and rinsing to maintain the same temperature

  • Roll in a towel and lightly press to remove excess water but do not wring or twist

  • Block to dry, reshape to original dimensions while drying

  • Smooth by hand while wet to remove wrinkles and straighten up the seams

  • Handle wet garments gently to avoid stretching or distortion

  • Lie flat to dry

  • Do not use the hand wash cycle in a washing machine

  • Do not use warmer water than recommended or felting may occur

  • Do not use chlorine bleach

  • Do not iron

  • Do not wring or twist whilst wet

  • Do not tumble dry

Further information from The British Alpaca Society (BAS)
 

The BAS is a membership society dedicated to the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners in the UK and is a source of excellent information; information is also accessible for non-members.

 

Alpaca has the following properties:

  • Is hypoallergenic

  • Ethical

  • Sustainable

  • Eco-friendly in an undyed state

  • Anti-bacterial

  • Is second only to silk in strength

  • Is warmer than sheep’s wool

  • Wicks moisture away making it suitable for all seasons

  • Is flame resistant

  • Odour resistant

  • Bio-degradable