Alpaca Fleece in Bedding
Why Use Alpaca Fleece in Bedding?
Alpaca fleece is a rare, exotic natural fibre used in fashion, apparel and woven blankets for thousands of years, however, its use in bedding is relatively new. Until 2000, alpaca quilts, duvets, doonas and comforters were almost unknown apart from a handful of alpaca breeders who made some rudimentary hand-made alpaca quilts for their private use.
In 2002, Kelly & Windsor initiated a project to investigate using alpaca fleece in bed quilts. After extensive investigation, we confirmed our thoughts that alpaca fleece would ideally suited to high end bedding and significantly superior to other natural animal fibres.
There were however, several hurdles in front of us -
- There was little qualified experience or knowledge available to assist us in learning how to process alpaca fleece using non woven textile techniques. We were the first in the world to learn how to do it!
- Was there a reliable supply of suitable quality of alpaca fleece available in Australia to start a new product line? The solution - go and find it
- Were the properties of alpaca fleece really that good in bedding ie quilts, doonas, duvets and comforters? The solution - make some up and test and try them
- Could our equipment properly process alpaca fleece? The solution - run it and see. Easy
In 2003, after comprehensive study, design, testing and processing trials, the first alpaca quilt was commercially released by Kelly & Windsor. The Alpaca Classic quilt collection was born and immediately accepted by Australia’s leading high-end department store group, David Jones.
Kelly & Windsor Australia has created a whole new category of high end luxury bedding using alpaca fleece in its alpaca quilt collections. Our outstanding range is very popular with discerning retailers and consumers around the world.
Features & Benefits of Alpaca in Bedding & Pillows
Alpaca fleece is ideal for bedding products –
Soft with a luxurious feel – this is due to alpacas’ smooth fibre structure
Lightweight –alpaca fleece is a semi hollow fibre – air is trapped to warm you
Comfortable warmth – approximately 25% warmer than wool on weight to weight basis
Moisture absorbent – to keep you dry i.e. cool in summer and warm in winter
High strength –durable and long life (with proper care)
Good loft and resiliency
Natural, chemical free and environmentally friendly fibre
Non allergenic –alpaca fleece does not contain lanolin
Naturally flame retardant