Alpacas belong to the family of the South American camelids (Vicuña, Guanaco, Alpaca, Lama). Alpaca fiber is highly appreciated for its outstanding softness and luster, wrinkle resistance and low pilling.
This precious fiber comes in more than twenty natural shades. Respectful of ancient traditional techniques each fleece is still hand sorted by color and fineness. For our yarn collections we use:
- Royal Alpaca (19 microns)
- Baby Alpaca (22.5 microns)
- Baby Suri (22.5 microns)
- Superfine Alpaca (26.5 microns)
- Suri Alpaca (26.5 microns)
Alpacas in Peru
Some 4 million alpacas live in the highlands of Peru. That represents about 75 % of the world's alpaca population.
There are two varieties of alpacas: The most common is the Huacaya (90 % of total population). With its soft, wooly look it can easily be differentiated from the Suri alpaca, whose fiber is silky and curly.
Today like in the past, alpacas are providing income for thousands of Andean families. More than 6000 years ago, Peru’s first inhabitants managed to domesticate alpacas and lamas. Assured of food and clothing, they advanced from nomadic hunters to herdsmen who founded important cultures. Alpaca and Cotton have been providing the Ancient Peruvians with the inspiration to become the world’s greatest weavers.
Alpaca, a sustainable animal
Alpaca and the process of obtaining fibre from their hairs underlies very natural, sustainable properties. Alpacas live in their traditional, historical habitat which they have come to treat in a careful manner. The properties of the fibre together with the resource conscisous form of processing it as formed over centuries by the local population contribute substantially to the fact that garments made of alpaca yarn count among the most respectful products to our environment.
Obtain detailed date in the infographics of our information campaign Why Alpaca from this pdf document.
Through the Pacomarca project of alpaca breeding, we are striving to improve the fineness of the alpaca fiber in Peru. With state-of-the-art techniques in animal science, such as performance recording and assisted reproduction, we are succeeding in improving the genetic stock of alpacas in the Peruvian Altiplano. The benefits are spread to the rural communities because finer alpaca fiber will generate a higher income from the fleece for the herdsmen.
Intifil offers alpaca yarns pure or blended with Merino Wool, Silk, Pima Cotton, Linen and other fibers. The Intifil alpaca yarn collections include classical and fancy spun yarns in a wide range of counts (Nm 0.4 to Nm 80, single or plied), colors (naturals, marls, solids and heathers) and effects (roving, bouclés, lurex, tweeds, neps and more) for flat knitting, circular knitting, hand knitting and weaving.
We have a comprehensive stock of yarns in Peru and Hong Kong for quick delivery. You can access an overview of our new collection here.