*I received product from SOL ALPACA for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and experiences discussed in this review are my own.*
I recently had the opportunity to try out one of the many products from SOL ALPACA. For someone who has never before experienced Alpaca fabrics, I must admit that I was completely unaware of what to expect. Below, you’ll find this Alpaca newbie’s review.
What is an Alpaca and What’s So Great About Its Fiber?
If you’re like me, then you probably aren’t familiar with the alpaca or its fiber. I wanted to better understand the animal and the process of creating something from its fiber, so I thought I’d do a little research to learn more.
According to Wikipedia,
“An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Without lanolin, it does not repel water. It is also soft and luxurious. In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy. The preparing, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing process of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool. Alpaca fiber is also flame-resistant, and meets the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards.”
Reading further, I found out that the alpaca is typically sheared once each Spring. Each alpaca generally provides between 5-10 lbs of fiber when sheared. I’m all about sustainability, so I love that the alpaca is able to provide its fiber repeatedly each year without having to be slaughtered for it.
However, I think what I love more is the history that has been handed down from generation to generation by the people of the Andes. They have used its fiber for warmth for centuries. They’ve handed down their techniques, their traditions and their true love of nature, and all of that is ingrained in the products they make with the fibers of the alpaca.
Watch the video below and you can feel the emotion — the respect and pride.
One of the things that many mass merchandisers lack is a true love for the final product. With SOL ALPACA, there is no question. These products are made with care, with attention to detail and with some of the finest quality alpaca fibers available in the Andes. One look at the vibrant colors and the carefully woven fibers says it all.
My Own Experience with SOL ALPACA
I was provided with a product to review from SOL ALPACA. I received a multi-colored alpaca scarf. It arrived in a very nice, sleek, black paper packaging with branding and an environmental message on it. Inside the package, we found a plastic pouch that contained the scarf, which was wrapped in stylish tissue paper. A post card was also included.
The image below shows the scarf itself. As you can see, it is very colorful. I don’t think the photo truly shows the intricate weave, but the attention to detail is quite remarkable.
The only thing I was surprised about was the texture. I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought it would be softer than it was. It isn’t hard or coarse fabric by any means. It’s just not the fluffy softness that I was expecting after seeing the animals on the front of the packaging. (Don’t they look soft and fluffy?)
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