Alpaca could be the softest and fluffiest material we have ever felt. We import quality handmade alpaca products, from super plush alpaca stuffed animals - teddies are our favorite - to rugs.
These alpaca products are handmade in Peru, by skilled artisans and hand picked at the market place for Salangome. Since they handmade, from alpaca fur, each item has an original color pattern and style, and is like no other. An alpaca teddy bear from Salangome Exotic Imports is truly one of a kind.
Alpacas are never killed for their hides. They are not bred as beasts of burden like larger animals such as their relatives in the llama family. Their value is in their fiber (fur) and meat. Alpaca wool is similar to sheep’s wool, but warmer, not itchy, and contains no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpacas are raised high in the Andes where the cold climate promotes the growth of the luxurious fur that has made them prized. The animals are shorn twice a year to make yarn for beautifully soft and warm sweaters, blankets, ponchos, socks and other textile items which are sold around the world. Unfortunately, due to the harsh climate, there is also a high attrition rate. The meat is eaten, the hooves are ground and the hides are taken to market where indigenous artisans make them into the silky soft products that we cherish. There is no waste as we often see in the production of the items we love.
(approximately 13 inches tall)
Super Soft, Super Adorable
Super Soft Super Adorable
Panda Alpaca Rug* (15" x 18")