Alpaca is some of the most sustainable fiber out there.

Instead of the heavy hooves of cashmere goats and sheep, which can damage lands beyond repair, alpacas have very light feet. So while Mongolia is suffering the leftover barren lands resulting from longtime cashmere farming, the Andes are virtually unaffected. 

Alpacas can live pretty much anywhere, such as the nearly uninhabitable higher-than-high Andes. They eat very little, making them an easy animal to sustain, and they drink a lot less than cattle, too. They also don’t pull plants’ roots out when they graze, just eating the yummy grassy bits on the top, allowing the plant to produce new leaves.

Care instructions to make these knits for life.

Alpaca garments can last a lifetime if cared for correctly. Alpacas are highly adept to living in seriously tough terrain. Their fiber is so incredible that it helps these furry animals withstand harsh winters and also moderate warmth in the Andean sun. The good news is that your knit can withstand all this too.

Follow these simple steps to ensure softness and longevity to your knit:

1. Always handwash with cool water (warm water can cause felting). All you need is a basin, some gentle detergent and some cool water.

2. Lay out flat to dry (so it doesn’t stretch out of shape).

3. Dry clean only when absolutely necessary (we recommend step 1, always).

4. Pilling is a natural part of using high quality fibers in a knit. Your knit should not pill too much, but if it does, use a small pair of scissors to remove the small bobbles.

It’s not actually necessary to wash alpaca knits that often. Since the fiber is naturally antimicrobial, any sweaty smelliness usually wanes after a day or two. This makes it pretty amazing for hiking, hanging, presenting, living.