The Castle of Granarola has selected high quality specimens to produce particularly valuable natural wool. Alpaca wool is one of a kind. The fineness of the wool, the softness, together with its brilliance, determine the quality of the product. The tissue adapts to the shape of the body. The thermal qualities make it particularly suitable for the production of winter clothing: it keeps the heat six times more than sheep wool. It is also hypoallergenic, warm and does not pinch.
ORIGIN OF THE ALPACA
It is a mammal belonging to the family of the camelids, one of the two domestic species together with the blade. Native to South America (Peru, Chile and Bolivia), where it is bred for more than 4.000 years, belonging to the family of the blade, the vicuña and the guanaco.
Since ancient times the alpacas were raised as pets by the Incas for their wool, leather and meat.
They called them “the gold of the Andes” and their precious fiber, which was given an almost magical status, was called “the wool of the gods“. Only the emperor, his family and the most important members of the court could wear garments made of alpaca fibre.
Wool: uses and particularities
Alpaca has a very warm, thick and very fine wool to protect them from the cold of the Andes. Once the prerogative only of the most precious nobility. It is in fact used for the creation of accessories such as: hats, scarves, gloves, stoles in alpaca wool and for clothing: sweaters and sweaters. The fiber is available in 22 natural colors, in shades of white, beige, brown, gray and black. The demand for this fiber on the world market is constantly growing: even in Europe, the number of plants equipped for its processing is constantly growing.