ALPACA FIBER VS. WOOL AND CASHMERE

This much overdue, but wanted to share with readers some of the key differences between alpaca fiber and other fibers that consumers often confuse with alpaca — cashmere (which actually comes from a goat) and wool (from sheep). Mayu’s hand-knit alpaca scarves and hats are knit with pure Peruvian alpaca. Yup, the real deal — pure, luxurious alpaca!

alpaca

the warmest

eco-friendly fiber; no lanolin oil so no harsh washing chemicals

eco-friendly animal;  grazing, digestion

hypoallergenic (if you are alergic to wool, you may not be alergic to alpaca)

high quality; it won’t pill, it will look new forever and it will last a lifetime

shiny, soft and snuggly

scarcity; our alpaca comes all the way from the Peruvian andes

wool (sheep)

less insulating so not as warm as alpaca

itchier and pricklier than alpaca

less durable than alpaca; it just might fall apart

lower quality than alpaca; it just might pill

cashmere (goat)

it is indeed soft  but…

known to pill, stretch, cling, wrinkle

contribute to ecological degradation

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