- Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the composition of your non-100% alpaca items?
They are 50% alpaca-50% wool, unless they specifically state 100% alpaca as the composition.
How do I clean alpaca products?
You can handwash alpaca clothes with warm water and a soft soap.
Alpaca items made of fur like bears or rugs must be cleaned with baby powder and a brush.
Are your items brand new?
Yes, all our items are brand new.
About the products origin, where are they made? Who make them?
All our products are made in Peru by skilled artisans, who knows this art from centuries.
Do your items come from a non-smoke environment?
Yes, they come from a non-smoke environment.
What kind of fiber is alpaca yarn?
Alpaca yarn is a very fine fiber which is comparable to mohair, angora rabbir or cashmere. It is really soft, easy to work with and it is getting a good reputation worldwide, because it has an excellent cost-benefit ratio.
What kind of animal is the alpaca?
(taken from Wikipedia)
The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in superficial appearance.
Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Bolivia, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,483 ft) to 5,000 m (16,404 ft) meters above sea-level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, alpacas were not bred to be beasts of burden but were bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, much as sheep's wool is. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the United States.  Alpacas and llamas differ in that alpacas have straight ears and llamas have banana-shaped ears. Aside from these differences, llamas are on average 1-2 feet taller and proportionally bigger than alpacas.
In the textile industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair but now often made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even high-quality English wool. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.
Does alpaca yarn felt?
Only the 100% alpaca yarn felt. We mostly offer blended items which do not felt.
Which weight is your alpaca yarn?
It is a fingering weight yarn.
Do alpaca yarn clothes provoke allergies?
100% alpaca items are anti-allergic. The blended alpaca items may cause reactions to allergic people in some cases.
Do alpacas are harm/killed to make alpaca items?
Not at all. Alpacas are not killed to make these unique items. They are extremely valuable because of their wool. They die of a natural death, usually from the extreme weather in the andes. Once they pass out, artisans take the fur to make rugs, bears, etc.
Do alpaca clothes shed?
Not at all, only the cloaks, ruanas, shawls and scarves shed a little, but nothing important.
Does alpaca fiber damages easily?
Not at all. Alpaca fiber is very resistant
I want to know if the buying experience at Alpaca4less is safe?
We are a business with more than 10 years in the market. We offer the most reliable payment methods (Paypal, credit cards and even money orders!) so your payment are completely safe. We send all our items with a tracking number, so the whereabouts of your order can be known in any moment.