Peruvian Alpaca Fiber
Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid that resemble small llamas. They produce one of the world’s most luxurious fibers that is softer than cashmere and lighter, warmer, and more durable than wool.
Originally from the Peruvian Andes, alpaca fiber was often referred to as the “Fiber of the Gods” by ancient Incans.
During the summers, the animals are shorn for their fiber which can then be spun to produce yarns for both machine and handwoven products. The shearing process does not hurt or injure the animals.
Object Mythology’s alpaca products are made from the finest quality fibers. Our designs are interpretations of traditional techniques and methods that have been passed down through many generations. We strive to preserve the culture and techniques in hopes that these artisans will be able to pass their craft from generation to generation which creates a sense of security for themselves and their families.
Smaller items such as our gloves can be hand washed using mild soap or wool wash and then flat on a flat surface to dry.
Larger items such as our hand knit and hand woven scarves, shawls and throw should be dry-cleaned as needed.
Please note that some slight shedding may occur with our baby alpaca products and should diminish over time.
Photo provided by the International Alpaca Association