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We're Giving Away a Blanket for Fall September 16 2014

 Our Fall 2014 blanket giveaway (#FallGiveaway) is underway. 

To celebrate our success over the last year, and to introduce more people to the wonderful collections of blankets and throws that weve assembled from five great weavers around the world, we are giving away a beautiful baby alpaca throw from our Alicia Adams collection. 

The Border throw's value is $495 and it is a uniquely styled throw that exhibits simple elegance at its best. Its dual tones are complimentary and allow for use in many environments regardless of the color palette in virtually any room in your home.

 

Just go to: http://goo.gl/p8wgYb to enter to win. We are accepting entries until September 30th and plan to announce the winner on October 1st. It's a great opportunity for our fans and others to experience the feel and comfort of a blanket woven from the softest baby alpaca wool. We wish you luck and hope to see you back soon and often.

 


Alpacas Come in Two Varieties July 03 2014

It's a fact that 90% of the fabrics and products made from alpaca fleece are from the more common Huacaya variety. Basically, a short fleeced alpaca, the Huacaya produces wavy, highly crimped fleece that closely resembles wool. The Huacaya represents 90% of the world's alpaca population while the less common Suri alpaca makes up the balance. Its fleece is long, straight, silky, extremely lustrous and ideal for making long-pile fabrics.

       

The Huacaya and Suri alpacas produce fiber that is as soft as cashmere while being warmer, lighter and stronger than wool. Alpaca fiber comes in more colors than any other fiber producing animal, 22 colors are recognized by the textile industry, and there are many blends in addition to that. Alpacas are shorn for their wonderful fleece each year. Each annual shearing produces an average yield of 5 pounds of fleece. The fleece, and fiber that is spun from it, is then turned into the most luxurious garments, blankets and other home decor items in the world. This cashmere-like fleece, once reserved for Incan royalty, is now enjoyed by spinners and weavers around the world.

Alpacas trace their origin back to South America where they are primarily found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. However due to their incredible environmental adaptability alpaca breeding ranches are found thriving around the world. In their homeland, one can find them roaming at elevations of up to 15,000 feet. Temperature variations of up to 30 degrees in a day are simply no problem for them. They feed on pasture grass and their "padded" hooves are very gentle on their surroundings.

Our thanks goes out to the Alpaca Farm Gruettner in Germany and Island Alpaca in the USA for the use of much of the information and photos we are sharing with you here. We also had the opportunity to visit Island Alpaca to witness the personalities and gentleness of these wonderful animals.

We, at Lufina Wovens, are proud to have many blankets, throws and pillows for sale on our site that are made from the beautiful and luxurious fibers these creatures produce. Visit our site at: lufinawovens.com to see the great items being offered there.


Always Loving, Always Learning June 12 2014

At Lufina Wovens we're always looking to find out more about the animals whose wool is used in the products we offer on our website (lufinawovens.com). This week we took a trip to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts to visit Island Alpaca, an alpaca-breeding farm that has been operating for many years at this great location.  Its gracious owner, Barbara Ronchetti, gave us a great deal of insight on how these animals are bred, fed and raised on her farm. Facts about the fleece that these animals produce and the animals themselves, many that we knew and others that we didn't, are just amazing.

For example, the younger an animal is when shorn, the softer the wool produced from their fleece. For this reason, the best and softest blankets, throws, pillows and clothing are woven from wool yarn created and harvested from young baby alpacas.

After our owner, Luanne, fell in love with one of the 70 alpacas in this herd, as you can see below, we got insight into many facts about these animals’ behavior and how they are raised. There will be more information shared over the next couple of weeks as we plan to cover a number of alpaca information categories but for now we’d like to share a few terrific photos of one beautiful spot and a great looking herd of Huacayo alpacas.

        
The herd at Island Alpaca was beautiful, Luanne could not get enough of their outgoing personalities.
 

   

Huacayo alpaca wool as shorn comes in 22 certified colors, but white is rare. 

A beautiful ranch on a beautiful island - Martha's Vineyard.

With just a lower set of teeth alpacas chew like a cow. They are adorable!

 


        Alpaca, Wool Blankets & Winter, Perfect Together January 05 2014

         

        We live in the Northeast outside of Boston and both last year and this we have experienced cold temperatures, large amounts of snow and great warmth from using our wool blankets in our living room and bedroom for warmth. Alpaca wool blankets are particularly luxurious and comforting on those cold winter nights.

        Alpaca wool serves as a natural thermostat by using its microscopic air pockets to trap body heat in cooler temperatures and to release heat in warmer weather. With its durable, hollow core that traps little pockets of air, Alpaca produces softer, silk-like strands that act as insulators against both cold and heat. These air pockets also allow for the fabric’s breathability, keeping you cool even during the summer. 

        So, even though this wool's benefits are experienced year round, we appreciate its warming benefit the most this time of year. We see our customers using them, giving them as gifts and introducing new borns into the world with wool blankets that keep them as warm and comfortable as any fabric we know of. And, best of all Alpaca wool will not irritate the skin in any way and is a very "green" product that is naturally renewable. Where can you get all than and beauty as well. Visit our site and see the great style that our wool blankets can bring to your home and family.