Alpaca wool socks featuring classic and simple rib patterns.
Alpacas are bred primarily for their wool, which has amazing properties. Alpaca wool is shiny, silky, elegant, and feels soft. Alpaca wool is 3 times stronger and 7 times warmer than wool from sheep. Alpaca fiber is incredibly soft to the touch, not prickly, bears no lanolin, and therefore – hypoallergenic. Alpacas come in a wide range of colors – 22 natural colors. The preparation, carding, spinning, and weaving of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool from sheep. Alpacas are typically sheared once per year in the spring. Each animal produces from 2,2 to 4,5 kg of wool per shearing. The quality of wool is measured in microns. However, other properties also are taken into account, for example – the uniformity of wool. These properties affect on costs of wool products.
Composition: 28% alpaca wool, 62% acetate, 10% polyamide
An interesting fact about alpacas: Alpaca fiber is best for felting
Alpaca is the best fiber for felting, which involves condensing and matting the threads together, forming the felt. Soap and hot water are used to agitate the fibers while the process is done with a washing machine.