Babi Alpaca designs luxurious knitwear made from 100% Peruvian baby alpaca wool.
Launched in 2004, by 24 year old designer owner, Anna Grout, after she fell in love with the rare and elite alpaca fibre, during her extensive travels around South America.
Babi Alpaca creates stylish, timeless designs, which are exclusive to our label. The use of the finest Peruvian baby alpaca wool, lends itself to helping create garments of the highest quality and comfort.
'Softer than cotton'...'Smoother than silk'....'Finer than cashmere'.. 'Warmer than goosedown'...'Breathes better than thermal knits'.
Alpaca fibre is five times warmer than sheep wool, it is strong, resilient and has more thermal capacity than almost any other animal fibre. The fibres contain tiny air pockets that help create highly insulated, lightweight garments, which are perfect all year round. Alpaca is part of an elite group of "Speciality Fibres", which stipulates a fibre be rare and extremely fine. Alpaca is also hypoallergenic on the skin, due to the absence of lanolin and other oils.
Alpacas are camelids, cousins to camels and llamas, but smaller in size. They are bred at altitudes of 3000 to 4500m above sea level and withstand temperatures that fluctuate between -20 C - 30 C in a single day. 98% of the alpaca population still live in Peru, Chile and Bolivia.
The alpaca has co-existed with man for over 5000 years. They were treasured by the ancient ancestors of the Inca, who measured their wealth by the number of alpaca they owned and who draped themselves in the fine woven garments, made from the fleece of their prized herds.