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 80 % 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.
Considered once a gift from the gods of the most important relic of the history of the Incas. Today, a world concerned about the environment and its sustainability has the opportunity to know and understand the importance of the Alpacas and their fibre. We want to present the WHY ALPACA concept, which will allow to understand the contribution of Alpacas to the environment and its sustainability.
Due to alpaca's unique properties, many luxury brands have chosen the fibre to manufacture high quality fashion garments. But beyond that, wearing an alpaca garment has a deeper menaing. It means:
To be gentle on the land.
To save energy and water.
To support Andean people and their cultural history.
To be part of a unique tribe with an enlightened and mindful lifestyle.
You can access further information on 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 in worsted and woollen spun. 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 and a sampling stock for Europe in Italy. You can access an overview of our new collection here.