Alpaca versus cashmere, great diferences
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ALPACA VERSUS CASHMERE…

The next fall winter 2016-2017 will see that major  luxury brands will used as a Must the Alpaca fiber. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Versace and Polo Ralph Lauren have been buying in Peru tons of alpaca fiber for their upcoming collections. The most luxurious stores worldwide proudly displayed “fiber of the Incas“. Since 2012 it has been noted a significant increase in the consumption of alpaca fiber.

Alpaca versus Cashmere…..

Alpaca fiber is as dazzling as it is the cashmere but far more resistant material. Do not forget that the Inca wisdom gave more value to the alpaca fiber than to the Gold. The star of the last Fashion Week in New York was not one of the famous top models, nor any of the transgressors designers, the real star was the Alpaca.

The Alpaca ousted the Cashmere in fashion catwalks in New York and is poised to gain ground in the world. Discerning consumers are learning that alpaca fiber retains its new appearance for a long time and it is almost eight times more shelter and four times stronger than sheep’s wool.

Before the nineties, cashmere items were rare, extremely luxurious and were not produced in vast quantities. But as globalization became more widespread, the production of cashmere fiber increased exponentially and quality, in many cases, is being affected. Years ago it was unthinkable that Low Cost  brands would sell cashmere garments for less than 90 euros.

It is now normal. The cashmere is no longer a luxury item and is becoming a crowded article. Now the luxury is the Alpaca.

It has been so excessive the production of cashmere in recent decades  that we could say unequivocally that Be Alpaca comes at the right, right time when the production of cashmere, in many places may end up being disastrous for the environment; as the Cashmere Goats are more resistant to inclement weather than the sheeps, shepherds tend to replace their cattle of sheep herds for goats.

The sharp hooves of the Goats destroy topsoil and as they eat plants to its roots they make the soil increasingly arid and poor favoring desertification. The increased production of goats eventually becomes a vicious circle.

Grasslands in China can not feed the goats needed to supply large quantities of cashmere demanding stores. Many of the fields and grazing goats are becoming inhospitable wastelands without grass. In China, the increase in goat herds multiplied considerably while in Mongolia, the second largest supplier of cashmere in the world, has come to fivefold in ten years. It is estimated that almost seventy percent of Mongolia is in danger of desertification.

 The fields of Peru, where alpacas graze happily doesn´t have that problem.

Alpacas live mainly in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, by now a less fragile ecosystem; her soft, padded hooves are delicate with the ground, they graze without destroying the roots of plants. Alpacas are also more efficient than the goats. An alpaca drink less water than a goat and in a year alpacas can have sufficient fiber for four or five wool garments, however, 20 goats need to produce the same amount of items annually.

Twenty goats to produce yearly the same amount that a single alpaca produces

In pre-Columbian times the alpacas  were called; “the last queens of the border with Sky” Centuries later, from the Peruvian altiplano they reached the sky. Alpaca wool is the only wool reached space as NASA used alpaca wool in their fists fligths as being the natural fiber with more thermal properties, high breathability and elasticity.

Be Alpaca. Be Inspired

 

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