Often touted as "the new cashmere," alpaca is sustainable luxury. It originated from the Andes and comes from camelids of the same name, which were bred specifically for their fiber. The wool is prized for its insulating properties by trapping body heat while still being breathable. This makes it the perfect complement to a couch and a cuddle when temperatures start to drop!
Much of the world's alpaca wool still comes from small-scale industries in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, contributing to its high price tag. But in recent years, alpacas have been exported to other countries for local farming. In the United States, alpaca breeders and weavers are beginning to form fiber co-ops to make the manufacture of alpaca "farm to fabric" goods more accessible.
While alpaca is similar to sheep's wool, it has many advantages over traditional wool. Alpaca is naturally hypoallergenic, pill-resistant, water-repellent, difficult to ignite, and keeps you warm without that dreaded old-school itch.
If you can get your hands on a piece of alpaca luxury, it's sure to last a lifetime.
Shown above the jump, from left to right
1 Co-op Alpaca Blanket, $348 at Apolis
2 Vintage Alpaca Blanket, $385 at L'aviva Home
3 Thomas Paul Octopus Throw, $350 at Design Public
4 Baby Alpaca Throw, $295 at Amenity
5 Bodmer Natural Solid Light Grey Throw, $562.50 at The Picket Fence
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