THE SOFTLY STORY
Fibre of the Gods
Alpaca fibre is known as ‘Fibre of the Gods’ and ‘Gold of the Incas’ and is incredibly warm whilst also being light weight and beautifully soft. It is hypoallergenic due to the lack of lanolin and therefore especially appealing to those people with allergies to sheep’s wool..
We have been breeding high quality alpacas here at Lusi Alpacas in Northamptonshire for 10 years. We have a small herd of animals numbering around 25, with an average of 8 babies, called crias, each year.
We have concentrated on breeding alpacas that carry fine, soft fleeces. The alpacas are sheared every year in the spring and the resulting fleeces are graded by the fineness and uniformity of the fibres. The best fibre is sent to be processed into yarn to then be made into a variety of products. We have produced high quality knitting yarns, coat fabric and gentlemen’s super 120 suit fabric produced by blending alpaca with merino wool and silk.
The lower grade fibre goes to our friends at Penrose Products who manufacture the luxurious duvets and pillows for us.
Alpaca Products Worldwide
Whilst we continue to produce fabulous items from our own alpaca fleece in association with The Border Mill in Scotland we decided to enlarge the product side of our business and ‘Softly Softly’ was created. We have sourced high quality and stylish womens, mens and childrens accessories and stunning home wares from around the world.
We are now working with AP Kuntur and Michell Knits in Peru, and Alicia Adams in New York, (we are the only company to carry her range in the UK). Closer to home we work with Samantha Holmes in Scotland and Penrose Products in England.
One of the most important criteria was the ethical ethos of the companies we chose, and more about this can be found on the ‘Ethical Responsibility’ page. If you would like to find more about alpacas themselves go to www.lusialpacas.co.uk
We love the collection for Softly Softly and we hope you do too!