The Alpaca is a camellia, related the Llama, Guanacos and Vicuña, indigenous to the Peruvian highlands in South America. Since Pre-Incan times, the Alpacas have been prized for their fiber due to the properties and quality of their wool (hair). We still think the Alpaca produce one of the best fibers in the world.
Alpacas are bred in altitudes ranging from 3,500 to over 4,500 meters above sea level, in temperatures that fluctuate between -20°C to +30°C. Due to these fluctuations in temperature, the Alpaca has unique thermal properties caused by microscopic air pockets found in the fiber, allowing for breathing prosperities as well as isolating. Alpaca wool is in fact three times more isolating than sheep wool and unlike most synthetic fiber it will not lose its isolating capabilities when wet. Alpaca is also non-flammable and does not contain lanolin, which prevents allergic reactions.
The great quality of the Alpaca fiber and all its prosperities makes it an attractive alternative for top designers world-wide. Alpaca hair comes in more than 24 natural colors and the wool is especially silky, shiny, soft and durable.
There are an estimated 3,5 to 4 million Alpacas in South America, and about 95% of them are found in the Southern regions of Peru. This is where we buy the Alpaca for Oleana and in our own factory we transform it to beautiful, soft and luxurious garments we hope you will enjoy.