Suri Alpaca is the softest of alpaca fibres. it is silkier than wool and will drape elegantly around the body – it’s warmer than wool too, so even though this shawl is extra fine, you will feel extra cosy on those cool days and chilly nights. The fineness of the yarn means you can wear it equally well as a scarf, scrunching it up around your neck, or lay it wide over your shoulders, adding elegance to a beautiful evening dress. Or line up the midway point over one shoulder, throwing the length at the front casually over the other shoulder.
Our own and local alpaca, a mix of both Huacaya and Suri breeds, is woven onto a warp of fine organic merino making this shawl soft and light. Lengths of hand dyed alpaca and merino is worked into the wrap, each piece added by hand during the weaving, turning this alpaca wrap into a truly unique piece.
Our alpaca products are truely sustainable with all fibre coming from either our own herd or those of a neighbouring farm. We clean the fleece of vegetable matter and select the best of the locks. Due to the fragile nature of the suri fibre we then send it to a local small scale mill, just a couple hundred kilometres away. Once they have cleaned, carded and spun it into the fine yarn, it is returned to us. We then weave this luxurious yarn as is, in its natural colour, or we gently dye it ourselves, using either natural or gentle non toxic dyes. The grey alpaca fibre and organic merino are un dyed.
Alpaca fibre is resilient and this shawl will keep its shape and softness for years.
Should you need to wash it, do so by hand only, in warm soapy water, agitating as little as possible. Squeeze out excess water by folding it in a towel and pressing down. Do not wring. Dry laid out flat. Not to be tumble dried. Iron with a cool iron, protecting it with a cotton or linen tea towel.