The fine and shiny fiber of the alpaca has, as for the Vicuna, been developed through thousands of years under extreme climatic conditions under which the animals live. Alpaca lives in the Andes at altitude above 3.000 meters where the temperature can change from + 20o C to – 20o C (+ 68 to /-4 o F).
Alpaca with its 19 microns is among the finest natural fibers in the world. The fiber is not easy to work and process. As it is fine, somewhat irregular and very strong at the same it requires unique skills combined with experience, traditions and the best technology to fully utilize its potential.
Alpaca comes in a wide range of natural colours, from white through beige to dark brown and from black through anthracite to light grey.
The Alpaca has developed a cylindrical fiber with thermic abilities; it isolates, keeping warm when it is cold and cool when it is warm.
Alpaca is seven times as warm as wool, three times as durable, it is almost inflammable, it rarely breaks and has very low pilling. On top, this “intelligent beauty” can absorb about 15% of the surrounding humidity.
And not at least; if or when the fiber is folded, it always returns to its original position. Alpaca is heavenly soft, with a rare and natural shine and offers a variety of 27 different shades of colours, of which 7 are pure.
Alpaca has natural colours in a great variety of shades. The variety of colours make the hand sorting processes necessary; by colours as well as qualities. CLARK ROSS is carefully selecting and only using the finest and best fibers from the best animals for its garments. In the process we are supported by experienced women who through generations have learned and achieved a unique ability> they can distinguish each quality by their hands. This work cannot be replaced or substituted by even the most advanced technology available.
Royal Baby Alpaca
The term “Royal Baby Alpaca” has its origin from the royals in the Inca Empire. When the baby alpacas are sheared for the very first time the best of the hairs from the finest babies are being selected and sorted through three hand sorting processes and separated as a particular and finest of all alpaca qualities. During the Inca Empire this quality was kept for the Royals only.
These fibres are so fine that they can be spun into as fine yarns as 50 and 60 ne qualities and knitted
into the finest and lightest garments available. Royal Baby Alpaca is today an important part of the
CLARK ROSS collection, used for its finest and most exclusive garments.
Baby Alpaca is the finest quality of alpaca and comes from the first shearing of the baby alpacas when their fibre is still young and soft. This is a main quality in the CLARK ROSS collections.
Baby Alpaca with Pima Cotton
This quality is being made with a special technology where 2 colours and 2 qualities are combined, or “plated”; on the outside baby alpaca and on the inside pima cotton. The baby Alpaca is from the first shearing of the babies and the Pima Cotton is being picked by hand in Peru. Combined they make a unique and soft garment of very high quality which can be worn directly on the skin. The Handpicked Peruvian Pima Cotton is longer, softer and shinier than other cotton.
Links Links is a traditional knitting technology originally developed by German technicians who developed the old “Links Knitting Machines”; knitting the “other” way, vertically instead of horizontally.
“Links Links” is today known and recognized around the world and is particularly suitable for the quality of Superfine Alpaca. The garments are becoming light, comfortable and practical. The Alpaca links cardigan had its breakthrough in the USA in the fifties when it was used and made known by actors in Hollywood. Today links alpaca garments are the most sold qualities and garments by CLARK ROSS.