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Why is alpaca clothing and fiber so different than wool and other natural fibers?
Several reasons. First, it's many times warmer than wool, while retaining it's superior wicking capabilities. Second, it's hypoallergenic – if you're allergic to the lanolin in wool, you should be fine with alpaca as it doesn't have any lanolin. And while alpaca has guard hair, it's processed out before being turned into yarn. (Guard hairs are the sharp, prickly fibers that make people itch.) Third, alpaca is very colorfast – dyed alpaca fiber tends not to fade for many years. Alpaca fiber also has a beautiful natural luster and handle that doesn't quit. 

In addition to these important attributes, alpaca fiber is also very odor-, water- and stain-resistant. In a light rain, water tends to bead up on the fiber and not soak into the garment, keeping you warm and dry. It's also windproof. It's a natural, environmentally-friendly fiber. 

Alpaca is unlike any other fiber you've ever worn or seen. The softness and luster makes any alpaca garment a treasure you'll love for years.

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