# 1. Alpacas Score a 10 on the Adorable Scale
From their funky hairstyles to their myriad expressions, alpacas are, by all accounts one of the cutest critters. Need some proof? Behold the baby alpaca. (Better than a kitten video any day.) Baby alpacas make some of the softest fiber imaginable, and we love working their wool into our scarves, sweaters and ponchos.
# 2. Alpacas are Sustainable
Alpaca grazing actually helps regenerate their environment. They leave larger plants alone, preferring to chew the tops of grasses and leaving the roots in tact. While they eat, they spread native grass seeds and fertilize the soil. Plus, their feet are padded and leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged.
# 3. They are Treated Humanely.
Alpacas are raised free range in the Peruvian highlands. The families who care for them treat these prized animals with respect and kindness. Since they have naturally gentle temperaments, who would treat Alpacas any other way?
# 4. Color, without the side effects.
Want to avoid harmful chemicals? With 22 (recognized) colors, creative use of alpaca wool can make fabric dye unnecessary. Alpacas come in a rainbow of browns, grays, beiges, and creams. Rich textures and intricate patterns are easy to create simply by combining these natural hues together. What's missing? The extra pollution, water waste, and toxic chemicals present in most high-impact dying processes. (For the record, INDIGENOUS only uses safe, low-impact dyes. Don't you wish everyone else did?)
#5. Mr. and Mrs. Personality
Looking for inspiration for your next haircut? A little style advice? Alpacas have style in spades, and are known for their funky hair and knowing look. They back up their good looks with fantastic personalities.
And last but not least...
#6. Their Wonderwool.
Ultra warm and soft, alpaca fiber is also lanolin-free, making it a perfect alternative for those allergic to sheep's wool. Alpaca fiber doesn't retain water, and get this: it's naturally flame resistant. Next thing you know somebody will be making super-hero costumes out of it. (But since we don't make those yet, we recommend starting with sweaters, ponchos, coats and jackets, and scarves and accessories.)