What is alpaca wool?
Alpaca wool is a warm, durable and silky soft natural fibre, spun from the fleece of alpacas. It was first used by the Ancient Incas and the luxuriousness of the wool was coveted by royalty and nobility alike. Ziggy Lloyd uses the finest alpaca wool, ethically sourced from local farming communities in the Andes of Peru and woven by local artisans into smooth, lightweight fabric.
Alpaca farming is a cruelty-free, sustainable process. Alpacas are shorn once a year, which not only benefits local farmers with income but also the animals themselves, as it alleviates discomfort and heat stress.
Ziggy Lloyd works with two different types of alpaca fleece in it's men's coat collection:
Baby alpaca comes from the fluffy Huacaya alpaca. The name ‘baby’ doesn’t refer to a newborn but rather a classification of the fleece, meaning that it is exceptionally fine. While alpaca shares similarities with sheep’s wool, it is stronger, warmer, less itchy and contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.
Suri alpaca is a rarer, longer-haired species whose wool has the same qualities as baby alpaca but possesses an even more silky feel. Suri alpaca fibre, which has fewer scales on each fibre, reflects the light giving it a beautiful sheen and deep lustre.
Alpaca fibre is naturally water-repellent but our alpaca wool coats are DRY CLEAN ONLY.