The Alpaca was first domesticated thousands of years ago by the peoples living in the highest reaches of the Andes. A relative of the wild Vicuña, the camelid was prized for its soft, durable fibres, which were woven into textiles and clothing.
The Alpaca’s long, silky filaments are hypoallergenic thanks to their lack of lanolin. They are also a natural insulator, lending them to use in performance garments. Warmer and lighter than wool, Ermenegildo Zegna makes extensive use of alpaca in its jackets and knitwear. Much is sourced from native families that still care for their flocks using traditional methods.

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