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January 06, 2021 3 min read

DECEMBER 10, 2020

Celebrating Alpaca Wool: The Coveted Natural Fibre

Our feature fibre today celebrates the excellence that is Alpaca wool! It’s the natural fibre that’ll leave you saying, “I want that for me!”

Alpaca- The Natural Fibre That Holds Up

Alpaca wool is a natural fibre.

What does that mean?

A natural fibre is any hairlike material derivative of an animal, vegetable or mineral source used for fabrics woven and un-woven.

The commercial usefulness of a fibre is determined by certain properties, such as:

· Length
· Strength
· Pliability
· Elasticity
· Abrasion resistance, and
· Absorbency

Thankfully, alpaca wool holds up extremely well in all 6 of these categories.



Alpaca Fibre: A Natural Resource That’s Sustainable

The shearing of alpaca fleece is a very natural process that occurs only once a year. And yet, the high yield of alpaca wool from this single annual event produces enough for market share.

 

Thus,alpaca fibre is a sustainable natural resource.

 

One alpaca can yield up to 9-14 lbs of fleece per shearing, compared to the 4-6 oz. a goat produces annually for cashmere.

 

Alpaca farming is alsoanimal-friendly. Shearing an alpaca’s fleece is harmless for the docile creature, and actually beneficial for their health. By removing the fleece, farmers rid their alpacas of the chance to become susceptible to unhealthy heat stress during warm summer months.

 

But it’s alpaca wool’ssoft,warmandlightweight features that’ll leave you saying,“I want that for me!”

 

Here are 3 reasons why alpaca makes for a luxurious textile choice!



3 Reasons Why You’ll Be Happy Natural Alpaca Fibres are Used in Your Clothing

1. Alpaca Fibre is Cashmere, Without the Cruelty!

Alpaca fibre is assoft as cashmere, but the manufacturing process isn’t harmful to the animal.

 

Alpacas are shorn only once a year, whereas goats are shorn frequently, despite not having much fat on their bodies.

 

This is particularly concerning during the winter months when cashmere is at its highest demand. Goats shorn during these cold months can freeze to death.


2. Alpaca Fibre has the Luster of Silk

Coveted for itsnatural sheen, alpaca wool is similar to that of silk. It is a characteristically soft, durable, and silky natural fibre.

 

Its various flexible properties also allow alpaca to adhere to natural plant-based dyes- like Pokoloko’s system of using onion, corn and cochineal to add natural shades ofyellow,green andpurple to our collections!

 

Natural Alpaca does come in 22 herd colours and over 300 shades!

 

Ranging from black to silver, rose grey to white, and mahogany brown to light champagne- there is a shade for everyone’s taste.

 

Alpaca capitalizes on thesuperior style of nature toelevate your look!

3. Alpaca Fibre- Warm as Wool, But 1/3 of the Weight!

Alpaca fleece is similar to sheep’s wool, but far exceeds its benefits! Alpaca is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin- making ithypoallergenic!

 

So unlike with sheep’s wool,you’ll be left without an itch!

 

Alpaca’s extravagant lightweight fabric is also naturally water-repellent, fire-resistant, and the kind of soft you reserve for the most special of occasions!

“Fashion can be a universal player in protecting the planet.”
-Pharrell Williams, Musician and Entrepreneur



7 Pokoloko Alpaca Products to Get Your Hands

1. Alpaca Dryer Balls (OurBest-Seller!)

2. Alpaca Scarf

 



Pokoloko Alpaca Wool: Your Coveted Fibre

As you can see, Alpaca stacks up against the most coveted of fibres. But its natural characteristics and environmentally friendly production put natural alpaca wool way ahead of the pack.

 

Check out Poko’s collection of Alpaca Wool products here, and join the alpaca movement today- one eco-friendly sweater and dryer ball at a time!

 


Written by Katelyn Wells, BA Media Production, Poko Blogger

Katelyn is a local freelance copywriter with a passion for the environment.She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she spends her mornings on the mat, youtube-ing how to avoid yoga injuries.