The baby alpaca is an incredible fiber that possesses the virtues of all other fibers: the softness of cashmere, the lustre of mohair, the silkiness of angora and the durability of merino wool. The name “baby” doesn’t mean that the wool comes from new born, but instead that the fiber is exceptionally fine. Aside from being very thin (21.5 micron), it is extremely soft, light, durable and even hypoallergenic. The alpaca is sheared by hand once a year during the warm season, directly in Perù. Baby alpaca wool is up to seven times warmer than classic wool because the single fibers act as thermal isolators, keeping the body warm by protecting it from the cold. It’s also a very elastic and resistant fiber compared to other more common materials.
The wool of the handmade clothing designed by Dunia Algeri Atelier is purchased from trusted ethical suppliers in Peru, who started as animal farmers in the beginning of the 1800s and then became genuine establishments through didactic activity with single breeders: with the aim of improving the alpaca genes through the creation of better breeding conditions, they educate farmers on how to care for the animal, from feeding to shearing, so that they may obtain the highest quality wool.
DAA Cashmere is organic. Pure unbleached, untreated fibers, sourced in Inner Mongolia and harvested through combing process. There are only 3 naturally occurring basic colors: Light Cream, Beige and Brown. The light cream color fibers are the rarest and softest ones, they will never be dyed. The beige fibers will be naturally dyed to make light colors while brown fibers will be used for dark colors.
Our supplier is always handpicking the raw material strictly from goats that aren’t sheered, but only combed. The goats naturally shed their undercoat and when the days lengthen, you have to catch the right period and comb the down out. It’s similar like combing a dog who is shedding its winter coat during the spring time. If herders don’t comb the cashmere, it will simply fall on the ground. Animal fibers are responsibly harvested only by natural shedding or clipping.