I'm Al Paca
First name Al, Last name Paca. I'm an extraordinary animal that produces fiber once meant for Incan Royalty. Now, there are about 3.5 million of us that still graze the Andean highlands. Most of us in Peru, where I live. We get haircuts once a year for our fleece and our human friends at Al Paca Apparel weave the fiber into classic garments you all love today.
Alpaca fiber has amazing properties and benefits. It comes in over 20 natural colors, meaning the fiber does not require harsh dyes. Alpaca's have light grazing habits, so farms do not require harsh chemicals. The alpaca wool industry is a sustainable, organic and ethical trade that we are proud to be a part of.
Containing no lanolin, alpaca fiber is also naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca.
Living in the extreme temperatures of the of the Andean Mountains of Peru, alpacas have developed fleece that is warmer and 3x lighter than sheep's wool. Alpaca fiber has hollow air pockets, allowing air to permeate the surface for a warm and cozy, yet lightweight garment.
Your purchase supports economic empowerment in Peru. By wearing our garments you are directly supporting an ancient textile trade that stems back to the time of the Incan Empire. Artisans of Peru have made alpaca clothing for generations. Alpaca farming and weaving is imbedded in Peruvian culture and their livelihood depends on this wonderful ancient trade.