Alpaca has been domesticated by Incas in the Andes Mountain of South America. They live on extremely high altitudes even up to 5000 meters above the sea-level. As a result they grow extremely durable and warm coats to protect them even in the most extreme conditions. In addition to its durable qualities Alpaca fibre is also luxuriously light, silky and soft like cashmere.
Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep. Merino wool is finely crimped and soft. The ultrafine merino wool that we use is suitable for blending with other fibers such as silk and cashmere.
Several properties contribute to merino's popularity, compared to wool in general and to other types of fabric:
- Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer.
- Merino wool has unique properties that in cool or damp conditions the Merino fibres actually get warmer.
- Merino is one of the softest types of wool available, due to finer fibers and smaller scales
- Merino has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio compared to other wools
Silk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which are used in the textile industry. The silk we use is either obtained from the cocoons of mulberry silkworm or that of moth caterpillars.
Silk has many characteristics that make it ideal for producing high quality clothes. Silk is both versatile and very comfortable. It is cool to wear in the summer yet warm to wear in winter. It is the strongest natural fibre and is lustrous. It retains its shape, is delicate and refined and feels smooth on the skin.
The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.