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Alpaca vs. Cashmere

items alpaca Alpaca cashmere Cashmare why?
Thermal Insulation Excellent Moderate Alpaca fiber is very fine... between 16 and 30 microns, and has a unique hollow insulating core.
Fiber Strength Excellent Moderate Alpaca fiber is very strong resulting in more durable apparel.
Comfort Excellent Excellent Both fibers are very comfortable due to the low micron count.
Water Absorption Excellent Excellent Both fibers are water resistant as compared with other natural fibers.
Wear Resistance Excellent Moderate Cashmere is much more prone to 'pilling' due to its short length and delicate structure.
Wrinkle Resistance Excellent Moderate Alpaca is much more resistant making this material excellent for travel wear.
Stretch Resistance Excellent Poor Cashmere easily stretches and often 'clings' to you.
Source - Exclusivity Alpaca - Rare Goat - Common China mass produces over 67% of all cashmere products.  Most of our alpaca products are crafted by small artisan shops in Peru.

Happy Alpaca Direct customers say

I have placed a few orders with your company and couldn't be happier with the outstanding customer service and products. I needed some yarn for a test sweater I'm knitting; after communicating that I needed it FAST, it was sent out immediately and received in record time. Another order was for alpaca slippers. The color I wanted was out of stock, so I was given a choice to receive another color immediately or to wait for the color I had originally ordered. Communication is incredible; you always know exactly what is happening with your order. As a shop owner myself, I know the value of these things. Customer service and communication can make or break a customer. I, for one, will be shopping here frequently and will also be recommending the shop to friends. I carry alpaca products, but I don't have anything of this magnitude. Thank you, and congratulations on a job well done!
Pamela, California, March 21, 2009
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