ABOUT PRIMA ALPACA

Once treasured by Incan royalty for its versatility, softness and beauty, alpaca fabric remains one of the most sought after textiles available today. Prized for its exquisite drape and supreme softness, Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca Collection of luxurious home textiles is known for its spectacular palette and unparalleled sumptuous texture for upholstery and throws to curtains and wall coverings.

FACTS & FRILLS

ONE OF THE WORLD’S RAREST LUXURY FIBERS

Once called the “Gold of the Andes,” Prima Alpaca is one of the world’s rarest natural fibers and is a time-honored process thousands of years in the making. It is only 1% of the luxury fiber in the world. Only 10% of that 1% is the quality used to make Prima Alpaca.

ALPACAS

Prima Alpaca is created from the first shearing of the baby alpaca, a domesticated breed indigenous to the Andes regions of Peru. There are two types of alpacas—the Suri (left) and the Huacaya (right). Known for their silky, soft locks which fall in long ringlets, Suri fiber creates a draping curtain of reflecting light. Huacaya fiber—the “wooly” alpaca — grows at a 90-degree angle to the skin, creating a fuzzy appearance. Both are extremely glossy and will maintain their luster for years. The rare beauty of these unique creatures makes Prima Alpaca one of the softest fibers in the world.

HANDCRAFTED IN PERU

Inspired by nature.
Tended by hand.
Woven in the Andes.

The process of making Prima Alpaca, from the raising of the alpaca through the manufacturing of the textile, is an extremely earth-friendly and low impact process that creates jobs for herdsmen and textile workers living in remote areas of Peru.

There is a tremendous amount of handwork involved in each step, including meticulously hand-sorting the fiber for softness and luster and setting up the looms to make the yarn. Workers apprentice for years to acquire these hand-sorting skills. Finishing the fabric can involve up to 12 labor-intensive steps.

FACTS & FRILLS

Alpacas come in a rich array of natural shades such as dove gray, russet and inky black.

Prima Alpaca is resistant to breaking and pilling, does not create static, and is hypoallergenic.

Prima Alpaca is softer than cashmere.

(That’s a fact!)

Prima Alpaca reflects light and resists solar radiation, will keep its appearance over time, and is naturally stain-resistant.

Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca is elegant to drape, luxurious to handle and strong. It is silky and velvety to the touch.

Prima Alpaca is stronger, warmer, and lighter than wool and does not retain water.

CLEANING & CARE

With a few basic tips for proper handling and care, this luxurious fabric will remain beautiful for years to come.

To preserve the beauty of your Prima Alpaca, we recommend the following routine maintenance:

Brush and vacuum (using the soft brush attachment) any loose dirt from the surface of the fabric, following the direction of the nap.

To avoid staining, spills should be removed immediately.

Blot any excess liquid from the surface. Do not rub.

Using a clean, damp cloth or sponge, gently blot the spot to remove remaining stain. Do not rub.

Delicate professional dry cleaning is recommended for tough stains.

Our Prima Alpaca Collection has been tested by Fiber Seal Fabric Care Systems and was determined to be “very forgiving and easily maintained — the fabric passed all of our tests”.

UPHOLSTERY

When used for upholstery, it is recommended that a backing be applied to Prima Alpaca. As a reference, the following two companies specialize in backing and lamination services. Both have worked with our Prima Alpaca fabric.

Geltman Industries
1914 Bay Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tel: 213-622-2015
Fax: 213-622-4572
www.geltman.com

Decorators Laminating
136 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 323-933-5877