Alpaca vs. Cashmere

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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.

A Happy Alpaca Direct Customer Says

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with your service. I ordered my needles on 4/21 and realized a day later that I made an error on one of the items. I called Customer Service not expecting much, because of past experiences where I have made mistakes ordering online and was told "too bad", but the representative said she would take care of it and, further, my order would be going out that same day. I got the order yesterday, 4/24 and, lo and behold, it was just as I wanted. I am beyond thrilled that your company rectified my error and I plan on shopping again with you - I will be buying all my knitting supplies and hopefully some alpaca goodies in the near future.

Diana, NY, April 25, 2009

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