Alpaca vs. Wool
- Alpaca is stronger (per same fineness).
- Alpaca is a hollow or mostly hollow fiber and is warmer for an equal weight.
- Alpaca is softer, less irritating.
- Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic.
- Alpaca is free from dander and lanolin which may cause allergic reactions.
- Alpaca will stay cleaner longer because it is lanolin free and doesn’t hold dust.
- Alpaca superfine won’t mat or pill (some pilling in baby alpaca).
- Alpaca has 28 shades of rich, natural colors.
- Alpaca features less shrinkage (washable).
- Alpaca is thermostatically superior (If worn in a 0 degree F environment, alpaca would provide a 50 degree F comfort range vs. 30 degree F for wool).
Alpaca vs. Synthetics
- Alpaca offers superior breathability.
- Alpaca wicks away body moisture.
- Alpaca is a hollow or mostly hollow fiber which offers greater warmth for the weight.
- Alpaca keeps you warm even when wet conditions are present.
- Superfine Alpaca won’t mat or pill like other natural fibers (some pilling may occur due to fineness in baby alpaca).
- Alpaca is naturally windproof.
- Alpaca is flame resistant (will not ignite) and doesn’t melt.
- Alpaca emits only a very low static electricity.
- Alpaca doesn’t hold debris and stays cleaner longer.
- Alpaca is stain resistant and resists acquired odors (odors dissipate overnight).
- Alpaca is wrinkle resistant (hang overnight, wrinkles disappear).
- Alpaca is all natural and biodegradable.
- Alpaca has natural luster.
- Alpaca is thermostatically superior (If worn in a 0 degree F environment, alpaca would provide a 50 degree F comfort range vs. 20 degree F for synthetics).
Alpaca vs. Cashmere
- Alpaca comes in 28 natural colors.
- Its thermal insulation is better than cashmere (alpaca is warmer).
- It has better wrinkle resistance than that of cashmere and is stronger.
- Alpaca pills less than cashmere, even when comparing the finest baby alpaca.
- Alpaca is similar to cashmere in water absorption as both absorb almost no moisture.
- Flexibility of alpaca is less than cashmere in normal alpaca, similar to cashmere with baby alpaca.
- Shrinkage of alpaca is far less than cashmere.
- Alpaca is easier to care for than cashmere (cashmere is recommended dry clean only).
- Alpaca has natural luster. Cashmere loses its luster after a couple of years while alpaca retains its luster for decades.
- There are different degrees of fineness in both alpaca and cashmere.