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Fibers that Perform

Fibers that Perform

 

Our Karukinka yarn, or “K-Yarn,” blends the best properties of three sustainable, cruelty-free, and 100% handspun natural fibers. The benefits of natural fibers go far beyond their positive social and environmental impact. We truly believe they make the best product out there, which is why we stand by each product we make. Find out which fibers we choose to use and why. 

 

alpaca

Merino:  Merino wool is “to use a phrase we’ve worn out like a decade-old sweater,a miracle fiber,” Gear Patrol recently stated. Soft and durable, it’s not the scratchy and itchy yarn you may associate with other yarns from sheep. One sheep can grow four to five pounds of its soft and odor-resistant wool per year. Merino wool makes up 40% of our handspun K-Yarn.

Alpaca:  Once reserved for royalty, alpaca’s soft fur is known for its flexible strength, the speed at which it dries, and breathability. Alpaca fur is more smooth than sheep’s wool, making it less itchy against this skin. Alpaca fibers are also completely hollow or semi-hollow, whereas sheep’s wool only contains pockets of air. This means it dries faster, wicks better and is warmer. It is also ultra-hypoallergenic (because it lacks lanolin) and fire-resistant, making it a perfect fiber to include in our blend. Alpaca makes up 40% of our handspun K-Yarn. 

Llama:  Shorn every two years, llamas were domesticated before the Incan Empire in South America. They were selectively bred for packing, making them larger than alpaca. Like alpaca fibers, llama fibers are lanolin-free, lightweight, hypoallergenic and hollow, lending both fibers the property of insulation (warmth) and strength (durability). Unlike its alpaca cousin, however, llama fiber colors can be solid, patterned, broken, or spotted. Llama makes up 20% of our handspun K-Yarn. 

Nearly every piece in our collection is made from K-Yarn. Shop them all here.

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