Another ancient wool, alpaca was first cultivated by ancient tribes in the Andes, and later by the Incas, who called it the “yarn of the gods”. The Paracas textiles, dated around 250 BC and currently on display in the British Museum, are thought to contain alpaca wool.
Alpaca is similar in composition to sheep’s wool, but humans have bred alpacas over time to select a finer fibre, resulting in a distinctly soft wool similar to merino. We tend to combine it with sheep’s wool in our jumpers and cardigans, creating knits that are soft, durable, and cosy.
Alpaca wool is also free of lanolin, a fairly common allergen which can cause people to react when wearing other kinds of wool.