Alpaca Wool - Properties
Alpaca wool has its price. A look at the fiber structure makes it clear why alpaca wool is one of the most expensive types of wool in the world. The fibers are hollow on the inside, giving them unique thermal properties. For this reason, clothes made of alpaca wool can be worn both in summer and in winter.
It's worth buying alpaca wool! The wool of alpacas stores body heat, while the fibers also insulate against the cold. In summer, on the other hand, the fiber ensures heat balance. Sweat is absorbed and wicked away by the hollow fibers. At the same time, the clothing is spared unpleasant odors, since the protein molecules it contains neutralize perspiration.
But these are not the only reasons for the high demand for alpaca wool. Alpaca fibers are very resilient. Not only are they particularly durable and dirt-repellent, they are also three times more tear-resistant than sheep's wool. The particularly fine fibers have an unusual scale structure, which creates a pleasant feeling on the skin.
Charges and standing hair are just as impossible thanks to the antistatic properties of alpaca wool as ignitions over a normal flame.
The natural variety of colors does not require additional dyeing of the wool. White, beige, brown or gray and black - no other animal is as colorful as the alpaca.
Alpaca wool - usage
The wool is mainly used for clothing to feel the high wearing comfort on the skin. Sweaters, scarves or ponchos and socks are preferably made from alpaca wool. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, the product is even used to make duvets and pillows.
On our website you can choose your favorite animal from the Alpacahof Hasenöhrl. So you not only know from which place, but also from which animal your wool comes. What you then knit or crochet with this wool is entirely up to you. However, sweaters and socks are particularly suitable for processing.
Alpaca wool - origin
Our alpaca wool comes 100% from the Alpakahof Hasenöhrl am Chiemsee. Employment, variety and variety are the core of their philosophy, along with plenty of time.
The alpaca herd is not primarily kept for wool production. However, alpaca wool is a wonderful natural yarn with fantastic properties, which is why this valuable natural resource is used as a matter of course. The alpaca wool of the animals is shorn directly on the pasture of the farm at Chiemsee by experienced shearers using a method that puts as little stress on the animals as possible and at the same time guarantees the highest quality of alpaca wool.
Sustainability in rearing and wool production is always in the foreground for alpacas. Alpacas are herd animals, which is already taken into account during breeding. As soon as wool has been obtained from an animal, it is important to protect it and ensure that it is kept in an appropriate manner and that it is well-being.
In order to offer the alpacas everything they need, the following points are taken into account when breeding and keeping them:
- Alpacas are herd animals and are never kept alone
- Alpacas need regular exercise - four paddocks with a total of approx. 5,000 square meters are available to the animals
- Homemade stables provide shelter and shelter for the animals in inclement weather or extreme cold
- Alpacas feed almost exclusively on grass, other food should never be on the menu
- Daily cleaning of the stalls and food and water jugs is essential
- Regular examinations and vaccinations are absolutely necessary in order to recognize and stop or prevent diseases in good time
- Regular clipping should be done holistically for hygienic reasons