About Altiplano Llama Outerwear Collection

Altiplano Unisex: Llama Outerwear Clothing
Altiplano Insulation, Inc. is dedicated to producing clothing of all natural 100% llama fiber in styles that appeal to American tastes and lifestyles. Llama fiber provides comfort and performance superior to sheep's wool and synthetics.

Llama fabric and the Alpamayo design's special features all combine to say "warmth" in the most versatile line of outerwear. Whether you're mountaineering, skiing, or simply staying busy closer to home, the Alpamayo's jacket, vest, and pullover can all enhance the quality of your time in the outdoors.  We look at these products as "Survival Essentials" for many reasons.  

Altiplano Womens: Llama Wear for Women
Once you've savored the luxurious coziness of the Llama Crop Jacket, Long Coat and Knit Vest, you might smile at the thought of brisk weather. You can be particular about style, but not about maintenance, with these beautiful designs that are delightfully warm and easy to live with.

Altiplano Advantages: Llama Fiber - The Superior Alternative
Llama fiber offers an attractive alternative to synthetics, sheep's wool, or down for outerwear protection. This all natural fiber provides enduring protection for conditions ranging from cool to cold, wet, and nasty. Whether in the city or the backcountry, inside or out, its comfort, good looks, and performance are remarkable.

Llama Fiber Advantages Over Wool:


Llama Fiber Advantages Over Synthetics
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Llama vs. Down
Down is a superior insulator because of its high warmth/ weight ratio, However other qualities of down limit its effectiveness and dependability. Down is a fill material and dependent on a fabric shell to hold it together so it can assume its loft and provide insulation. Typically, synthetic fabric is used for the garment shell because it is durable and tightly woven to limit escape of individual feathers. However, this synthetic shell greatly reduces breathing and wicking, producing a garment that is quite warm, but can only be worn at very cold temperatures or it causes perspiration. A shell made from a natural fiber such as cotton addresses the breathing and wicking issue, but doesn't wear well, allows moisture penetration, and uses body heat to dry. Down also clumps and mats when wet and doesn't regain its original loft upon drying, thus losing a significant amount of its insulating qualities. This limits its use to dry conditions which are not predictable in outdoor use. Dry cleaning down is necessary and expensive. Longevity of down garments is limited because of escapes, fabric tears, and clumping that reduce insulating effectiveness and garment appearance.

Though down enjoys a better warmth/weight ratio than llama fabric, llama has none of the other drawbacks of down. Llama fabric is more comfortable than down because its naturally soft texture eliminates stiff, noisy shell fabric typically encasing down fill as well as the distracting puffiness and chafing common to down filled garments. The wicking and breathing qualities of the llama fabric impart an impressive comfort range that greatly reduces the overheating that is common to down outerwear. The fact that the hollow llama fiber inherently retains its loft and will not compress with use as well as being washable gives these garments a longer effective life and simpler, less expensive care and maintenance requirements, compared with down. The llama garments perform at a higher level of dependability under a wider range of conditions because their performance is not affected by moisture.

Outerwear Care:
Llama fiber has a natural cleanliness and resistance to staining that requires less cleaning and maintenance than other fibers. It has a very low level of static electricity so it doesn't attract and hold lint and hair. It is very resilient and maintains its good looks even with frequent wear and/or heavy use. It doesn't mat or pill. Washing a llama fiber garment revitalizes and raises the nap of the fabric.

When cleaning is required, the garment may be dry-cleaned or washed. 
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Altiplano Green Advantages: 
Llama Wear - Green Clothing

Our Philosophy: Garments from Altiplano Insulation are meant to last. Styling is timeless and traditional, so the look is as enduring as the fabric. Construction is exacting, so each garment provides years of service, even in harsh conditions. Materials are 100% sustainable and manufacturing processes are earth-friendly, so our garments, our company and our customers have the lowest impact on the environment. And value is unparalleled-our garments are designed to be enduring classics that are worn proudly, year after year.

Production
Llama fiber is an all-natural, biodegradable, renewable product. It is shorn annually from the llama, a native of the altiplano (high plain, 10,000'-14,000') region of the Andes Mountains of South America. The fiber is hand-shorn annually by native growers, processed chemical free, and spun and woven into yarns and fabrics that are sewn into garments by local mills. This continues a centuries-old industry that allows the natives to enjoy a greater level of stability by selling into today's world economy.
The llama is a domestic camelid species, raised for centuries by the native Quechua peoples for food, fiber, and transportation. At present llama fiber is underutilized and contributes primarily to a subsistent native economy. Llamas and alpacas are the only domestic species well-adapted to, and compatible with, the harsh yet fragile altiplano environment.

Green/Sustainable Advantage of Llama Fiber:

Maintenance and Longevity
Llama fiber is very strong and easy to clean. It is washable and air dries quickly. The fiber generates little static electricity and is naturally clean minimizing the frequency of washing, thus maintenance requirements of llama fiber garments are quite low.
The fabric generates little static electricity. Thus, it is naturally clean and doesn't require frequent washing. It is naturally stain resistant and naturally antimicrobial so it doesn't hold odors. The fabric is very durable and resilient, it doesn't mat or pill, and is washable.

Green/Sustainable Advantage of Llama Fiber:

Comfort and Appearance
Llama fiber has a fine diameter and low scale which give fabrics a naturally soft hand and luxurious feel and they move silently. The llamas produce fiber in an array of natural colors that are rich looking, all-natural, and won't fade. Basic neutral colors incorporated with traditional designs give garments a long fashion life and they coordinate well.
Comfort and appearance are paramount in producing green clothing. No matter how environmentally friendly or high performance a garment is, if it's not comfortable and good looking, it won't be worn. The result is that resources invested in producing that clothing are wasted. Our llama outerwear is noted for its comfort and good looks. Dehaired llama fiber has a fine diameter and low scale which give it a naturally soft hand and a luxurious feel. The llama produces fiber in an array of rich colors that impart a natural luster unmatched in synthetic textiles. Our designs are traditional, functional, and time-tested for comfort. We use the natural colors (we do use an overdye on our true black fabric) of the llama's fleece to produce basic, neutral colored fabric. These neutral colors endure fashion trends and coordinate well with colorful accessories.

Green/Sustainable Advantage of Llama Fiber:

Performance
Customers consistently mention the performance characteristics they've experienced while wearing our products. There are a number of qualities that contribute to llama fiber's superior performance.
Llama fiber is hollow and provides superior insulation on a warmth/weight comparison with other fibers, especially synthetics. A jacket of llama fabric will provide a comfort range of 50+ degrees while a comparable layer of synthetic will provide a 15-20 degree range. Llama fiber's remarkable ability to self-regulate body moisture (often referred to as breathing and wicking) allows this wide insulation range without overheating or perspiring. The hydrophobic qualities of petroleum-derived synthetics trap perspiration next to the skin. This fact, coupled with synthetics' low insulating capacity, produce a much narrower comfort range in which the wearer is both comfortably warm and perspiration free.
Llama garments can be comfortably worn in snowy, damp, or blustery conditions. The fabric is not waterproof, but sheds moisture well, is warm when wet, and dries quickly. Because of its ability to regulate body moisture, it keeps the wearer drier than many waterproof fabrics that cause internal saturation from perspiration. Though the fabric is not wind proof, it does provide a high degree of wind resistance. Being an animal fiber, llama fiber is flame retardant and self-extinguishing. The fiber may singe, but won't melt, ignite, or support a flame.

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