About Alpacas

About these lovely animals and their fantastic fibre...

We are proud to offer an exclusive range of clothing designed in England and handmade in Peru by skilled artisans. Our garments are made from the alpaca fibre that is highly prized world-wide: super soft pure alpaca, guaranteeing that the garments sold are luxurious and exquisite.

The alpaca yarn is stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, warmer than goose down, and breathes better than thermal knits. Alpaca is naturally hypoallergenic (as it doesn’t contain lanolin), beautifully soft and of course super warm, giving you garments that are extremely lightweight, velvety smooth with a wonderful lustre.

Alpacas, members of the camelid family are cousins to the noble llama. Alpacas were first domesticated by man some 7,000 years ago. During the Inca civilization, they were prized and traded for their fleece, of which certain grades were reserved only for the Inca royalty.

They live at an altitude on the Altiplano (high mountain plateau of the Andes) of over 3,000 metres and have acclimatized over the millennia to the harsh conditions of their environment, from searingly hot days to temperatures below freezing during the night. For this reason the fleece has evolved into such a special fibre - being lightweight yet extremely insulating. No animals are killed for their fleece, they are shorn annually which is a vital part of the husbandary (so they don’t suffer from overheating in the warm rainy season).

The use of the alpaca fibre is environmentally-sound because up in the Altiplano (high mountain plateau of the Andes) at 3,000 metres and higher, nothing else grows - so the alpaca utilises land that is otherwise unusable. In this way it provides an income for communities who live just on or under subsistence levels and, has done so since time immemorial Around 2,200 families are involved in alpaca farming above 3,000 metres - an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people in all who, if not for this, would have no other means of earning a living.

Welcome to hummshop.com, the online fashion store for Humm Peruvian Knitwear where you will find luxurious alpaca clothing designed in England and hand-made by skilled artisans in Peru. Our extremely stylish collections include alpaca ponchos and wraps, alpaca snoods, berets and scarves and for the mens clothing collection, we have Peruvian ski hats, alpaca jumpers and scarves. For girls fashion we have gorgeous pom pom ponchos and accessories. Brandon Mably of the Kaffe Fasset Studio has designed an exclusive Designer collection for us, click here to see it! The best alpaca clothing online is right here!