Alpaca

THE PERUVIAN ALPACA IS A NOBLE CREATURE, WITH A SMOOTH AND ELEGANT WALK, MEMBER OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN DROMEDARIES. IT INHABITS THE HIGH ANDEAN ZONE, 3.800 M. ABOVE SEA LEVEL. IN ORDER TO RESIST THE HARD WEATHER CONDITIONS OF THE HIGHLANDS, IT IS PROTECTED BY FIBERS OF A UNIQUE QUALITY, WITH EXTRAORDINARY THERMAL, SMOOTH, FIRM AND RESISTANT CHARACTERISTICS.

THE ALPACA IS AN ANIMAL WITH A VERY ELEGANT APPEARANCE; IT’S GRACIOUS TROT AND IT’S SLIM BODY ALL COVERED IN THE FINEST FUR. THE ANIMAL HAS SOFT CUSHION FEET, THEREFORE CONSIDERED AN ECOLOGICAL ANIMAL AS IT DOSE NOT DAMAGE OR ERODE THE PASTURES IN WHICH IT FEEDS. IN THIS CONNECTING IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO MENTION THAT THE ALPACA WITH ITS SHARP TEETH CUTS THE PASTURES INSTEAD OF TEARING IT LIKE MOST CATTLE DO

 

PERU IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF ALPACA FIBRE HOLDING 86% OF THE WORLD’S TOTAL PRODUCTION. BUT COUNTRIES SUCH AS USA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA HAVE ALSO INTENDED TO BREED THE ANIMAL AS THE FIBER IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE FINEST FOR TEXTILE PRODUCTION DIRECTIONS BELOW ARE INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PROPERLY WASHING, DRYING, AND STORING YOUR ALPACA GARMENTS. PLEASE CALL OR WRITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

HAND WASHING

IS THE BEST METHOD, AND IS RECOMMENDED AS THE BEST CHOICE OF WASHING. REMEMBER THE THING THAT CAUSES WOOL PRODUCTS TO SHRINK AND/OR FELT (BAND OR MAS TOGETHER) IS TEMPERATURE CHANGE AND AGITATION WHILE WET. SO, THE GREATER THE TEMPERATURE CHANGE AND/OR AGITATION THE GREATER THE RISK OF SHRINKING AND FELTING. MACHINE WASHING CAN BE SOMEWHAT RISKIER, SO USE THIS METHOD AT YOUR DISCRETION. A DELICATE WASH AND LOWER TEMPERATURE SETTING IS GENERALLY LESS RISKY.

 

DRYING

WATER TEMPERATURE: COOL -85° F MAXIMUM PRODUCTS: DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH. WOOLITE IS NOT  RECOMMENDED DRYING WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING A DRYER. IF YOU CHOOSE TO RISK TO DO SO, USE A DELICATE OR FLUFF LOW TEMPERATURE SETTING, AND ONLY LEAVE THE PRODUCT IN THE DRYER FOR A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

DRY THE PRODUCT IN A FLAT POSITION, AND OUT OF SUNLIGHT. SOME RESHAPING TO THE ORIGINAL DIMENSIONS MAY BE NECESSARY. REMOVE WRINKLES AND STRAIGHTEN SEAMS BY HAND. DO NOT USE A BRUSH. AFTER THE PRODUCT HAS DRIED, YOU MAY TOUCH IT UP WITH A COLD IRON.

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DRY CLEANING

IF YOU HAVE A MATCHING SET OUTFIT, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CLEAN THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME TO AVOID COLOR CHANGES AFTER THE WASHING PROCESS. ASK THE CLEANER TO USE A FRESH SOLVENT IN LOW HEAT WITHOUT TUMBLING. ALSO INFORM THE CLEANER OF ANY SPOTS OR STAINS. WHEN IN DOUBT, USE A CLEANER THAT HAS EXPERIENCE WIT ALPACA.

 

STORING TO PRESERVE

MAKE SURE THE ITEMS IS COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE STORAGE. THE SECOND MAJOR CONSIDERATION IS THE PROTECTION AGAINST MOTHS. SOME IDEAS INCLUDE PLACING ITEMS IN CEDAR CHETS, PLASTIC ZIP-LOCK CONTAINER, AND PLASTIC TUBS. SSACHETS OF DRIED LAVENDER CAN ALSO BE HELPFUL. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING MOTHBALLS.