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Alpaca Versus Wool: Which is More Apparel-worthy

Alpaca Versus Wool: Which is More Apparel-worthy

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People have different preferences for the type of clothes to wear. You may choose garments that you think suit your personality in every situation and environment. Others may only wear comfortable clothes and are not particular about clothing. 

For some, style over comfort is more important when deciding what to wear. But in cold places where sweaters, cardigans, and pullovers are a trend, alpaca vs wool seems to be a debate. The debate extends to all kinds of attire worn every day. It even applies to sports apparel due to the unique needs of athletes for their clothing.

How about attire for sports or accessories, and even home clothing? Which do you think is better? And why would you choose one over the other? Would you opt for cashmere wool or an alpaca fiber for your closet?


What is an alpaca fiber?

Alpacas are camelids native in South America, which are almost similar to llamas but smaller. They are domesticated non-working animals. You may be familiar with their fibers, which are used in making knitted and woven garments such as blankets, scarves, hats, ponchos, socks, coats, and many other types of clothing.

The fiber extracted from an alpaca is called an alpaca fleece. It has two types: the Huacaya, which is soft, dense, and sheep-like fiber; and the Suri, which are dreadlocks-like, silky, and without matted fibers. Both these fleeces would give you a soft, dry, and warm feeling. Alpaca fibers are durable that even after continuous usage, it will not pill.


What is wool?

Wool is an animal fiber and it comes from the sheer protective coverings of sheep, goats, camels, and other hairy animals. It consists of proteins and lipids, which make it unique from other textiles. The proteins in wool fiber are more vulnerable to chemical damages and other unpleasant conditions than cellulose-forming fibers. 

Wool contains breathable fibers that can absorb high amounts of moisture, which it releases into the air. It adjusts with your body temperature, which will help you stay warm during cold weather and cool during hot weather. Wool is said to be of low-maintenance, stain-resistant, and naturally elastic, and so, it is gentle for your skin. Overlapping scales are one distinct quality of wool, which contain bends, curls, or folds.


The verdict: alpaca vs. wool 

Both alpaca and wool are used by many people. However, if you dissect the details of both fibers, you would find that wool tends to have itchy scales when compared to the superfine fleece of alpaca products that can whisk away moisture from rain or sweat. This property gives alpaca fleeces the softness that anyone would want to sleep into.

Alpaca fleece can also be your portable heater because of its hollow heat-trapping fibers. These hollow fibers make alpaca apparel lightweight and moisture-proof, keeping you comfortable and dry, unlike that from sheep’s wool, which has air pockets. Wool fibers are relatively short and coarse that makes garments made from them run off quickly, as compared to the longer fibers of alpaca. 

These sustainable features of alpaca fleece would be great for other types of weather. You may also find other alpaca products in the market, including sports apparel. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will love the lightweight, warm, soft, and dry feeling that alpaca fleeces provide. Their fibers are naturally made to bring you the quality apparel that you will ever need.

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