Super warm and snug alpaca throw blankets are your best accessory or go to gift idea. Alpaca blankets are not only great to use but also make for the perfect decorative accent for your favorite space. No matter what season we are in, alpaca blankets are stylish blankets that cozy up your surroundings while comforting you.
So, you may be wondering just what alpaca is or why you should consider getting an alpaca blanket, and why it is different from other wool fabrics?
Well after seeing alpaca compared side by side with other fiber options, it is easy to understand why it's finally gaining popularity in the fashion industry. Alpaca blankets are known for its soft, lightweight, and durable qualities, and simply feels better than other textiles. This fiber is not only unique because of its vast history, but also because of the environment where it comes from, and its soft, silky feel.
Alpaca is most comparable in softness and rarity to cashmere and mohair, but its superior qualities and sustainability outshine other options. When someone stumbles upon alpaca for the first time, they generally feel they have found something special-- and they most certainly have.
Similarities & Differences to Cashmere
When it comes to softness, it is on par with cashmere, and more rare. For every three tons of cashmere harvested, only one ton of alpaca is gathered mainly in Peru, while cashmere is produced and processed in Iran and Afghanistan.
Alpaca has other advantages over cashmere as well. It comes in 28 beautiful and lustrous natural colors, is more wrinkle resistant, will not form the little matted balls or pills that are so prevalent with cashmere and is easier to clean. Cashmere is recommended to be dry cleaned only, whereas alpaca can easily be hand washed. Alpaca also provides superior thermal insulation, when compared one on one. This can be explained by the way the alpaca's fleece has adapted over time to combat the often harsh Peruvian climate.
The Evolution of Alpaca & Environment & Benefits of Alpaca Blankets
The big difference with alpaca fiber comes from evolution. Alpacas are native to the Andean region of South America, indigenous to the Peruvian Andes and graze at 10,000 – 14,000 ft. above sea level. They are raised high above the tree-line in an arid climate with vast temperature swings, ranging from -4F at night, to 70+F in the daytime.
Over thousands of years, their fleece has evolved into a thermal regulator of sorts. Alpaca wool creates pockets of microscopic space with the ability to hold air inside, heating via the animal's body warmth, or insulating against the heat of the sun. Their fleece creates the perfect coat for the alpaca's environment, becoming a natural barrier to keep cold air from getting to the skin at night, and in the heat of the day, keeping them comfortably cool. Thanks to their perfectly evolved fleece, alpaca wool will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
The fleece, more akin to hair than anything else, doesn’t absorb moisture the way other wools do, sheep’s wool and cashmere included. This aids in controlling the humidity, adding another level to its thermal protection. This is also why alpaca does not retain odor-- it doesn't absorb it.
Blankets constructed from any natural fiber automatically has many advantages over synthetics, but alpaca fiber's characteristics makes it leaps and bounds better than these cheap, non-sustainable materials. Compared with synthetics, alpaca fiber has superior breathable, low static electricity and wicks away body moisture. Alpaca is naturally flame resistant, whereas synthetics melt onto the skin, increasing skin damage if caught on fire, this is why so many synthetics are chemically treated with flame retardant chemicals. Alpaca feels luxuriously soft against the skin and is hypoallergenic.
Alpacas & The Environment
Alpacas are cared for in large co-operative farms in Peru*. They do not have any means of defense and rely upon humans for their survival, and always have. They are walked from their encampment to the open Altiplano daily where they freely roam, and return home at night. Unlike other fiber producing animals they are not harsh on their environment, eating the tender shoots of grasses and plants, leaving the roots to regenerate.
Alpacas are shorn once a year, so that they can regrow their fiber. Unlike sheep, the animal is never maimed or physically harmed to improve fiber production.
Free of Lanolin, Grease, & Environmental Contaminants
Many people cannot use wool because it contains lanolin, causing allergic reactions. Alpaca is lanolin free and doesn't hold dust, providing a superior option for those with wool allergies. These qualities help alpaca products to stay clean longer, requiring less laundering. Alpaca blankets can be cleaned with gentle soaps that don’t contain lie or harsh chemicals. This protects not only the consumer, but those surrounding production facilities and the local eco system.
Alpaca comes in grades of fineness. This grading adds to the luxury and cost of alpaca items.
- Premium Baby Alpaca or Baby Royal (1% of alpaca harvested)
- Baby Alpaca (15% of alpaca harvested)
- Super Fine Alpaca (30% of alpaca harvested)
- Course Alpaca (50% of alpaca harvested)
Alpaca Throws & Blankets - Hypoallergenic Luxury Bedding Must Haves:
Explore our collection Sefte Kimsa Alpaca hand knitted, 100% baby alpaca blankets and throws for your home. You’ll find a variety of colors from warm natural tones to deep and playful colors and patterns. These throw blankets are perfect for any space including on top of bedding and also come in matching pillow covers.
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