ALPACA, ALPACA

Winter is slowly but surely starting..
And if you’re looking for warm and cozy clothes, you should step by at our shop in Zurich. We have a range of beautiful knitted sweaters and cardigans which will hold you warm during the whole season! The material that we use for our autumn-winter collection is alpaca-wool.
We want to tell you something more about the particularly of alpacas and their wool…

Jungle Folk Alpaca
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Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina at an altitude of 3,500 m to 5,000 m above sea level, throughout the year.
The wool we're using is coming from Arequipa, Peru. There are more than four million alpacas in Peru. There, the species has shared its existence with people of the Andean steppes since the earliest times. There are two kinds of alpacas :
The Suri Alpaca has very long, dense, wavy fibre which is lustrous and soft to the touch.
The fleece of the Huacaya Alpaca is curly and voluminous, somewhat shorter than that of the Suri.

Jungle Folk Alpaca

Both are highly valued for their excellent characteristics: they refuse to burn unless in direct contact with a flame, they are soft to the touch, absorb a little humidity from the surroundings, and are thermally insulating, strong and elastic.  
These characteristics guarantee the animals a permanent and appropriate coat to protect against extreme changes of temperature and this fiber offers the same protection to humans. 
No other natural fibre occurs in so many different colours. There are about 50 different colours that are known and used.
That’s why we’re very happy to have many different alpaca-items at our store, that surely will keep you warm during the cold winter. 

Jungle Folk Cape knitted alpaca