More than 3,000 years ago, in the mountain ranges that make up the Andes mountain range, an emblematic people, the Incas, reigned.
According to their founding myths, thanks to the gods, the Incas received many presents, including one in particular: the alpaca.
A camellia that thrives between 3,000 and 6,000 meters above sea level on the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands. Behind these tender features, the alpaca has the most exceptional fiber in the world after that of vigogne and therefore in front of cashmere.
Divine gift obliges, the wool of The Alpaca was reserved for kings who wore it in large ceremonies.
Of the family of camelids whose best known species is the Lama, the wild species are The Vigogne and the Guanaco. Domesticated since the Incas, the Alpaca, whose name “alpaka” comes from the indigenous language “Aymara”, is characterized by its smaller size, short ears and flat snout. The alpaca has a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years.
There are two types of alpacas (see photo below), Suri (on the left of the photo) and Huacaya, pronounced Wuh-kai-ya (on the right of the photo) Huacaya alpacas have a higher hair density and a vaporous touch while Suri alpacas have long soft strands to the touch of infinite softness.
The female alpaca known as “hembra” gives birth after a gestation of 11 and a half months to a single cub. The baby alpaca called “cria” weighs between 6 and 9 kg at birth and will be on legs within 3 hours after birth.
Baby alpaca is the rarest, thinnest and most luxurious alpaca quality. It comes not from baby animals, but from the first alpaca mowing, when alpacas are 1 to 2 years old and carefully selected from thousands of animals across the Altiplano. This will be the finest quality produced by the animal.
Baby Alpaga is a fiber with many virtues, including durability. On all criteria, baby alpaca is a fiber with exceptional properties. Indeed, it offers a unique thermal effect against the skin, it is 7 times hotter than mohair wool and 3 times rarer than cashmere. These virtues come from the natural qualities of fiber and a natural treatment of fiber. Finally, a unique feature of the alpaca, it has 24 natural colors and thanks to the process developed in partnership with the farming communities, it is these natural color fibers, without any dye, that we propose in our collections in 100 baby alpacas.
The result is a textile that retains its shape, resists the blistering and will last long enough to be passed on to the next generation.