Altifibers is one of the few companies of the world who has developed an industrial dehaired process of llama, obtaining the new authentic fiber, light, soft and trendy: LlamaSoft®.
On the other hand, Bolivia has more than 2.2 million Llamas, the largest Llama population in the world. Llama Fibres have not been used extensively, as these present coarse Fibres of up to 90 microns, making these Fibres unappealing for the textile industry, thus limiting the industrialization of the Llama Fibres.*
It is well known fact that Cashmere and Camel hair go through a dehairing process, that is-taking the coarse Fibres from the fine Fibres, which makes it possible to obtain the finest Cashmere and Camel hairs.
In 1997, Altifibers developed a dehairing process for Llama Fibres. This process based on the same principles used for dehairing Cashmere and Camel Hairs achieve the separation between coarse hairs and the fine hairs. Before 1997, the dehairing process for Llama Fibres was not known; however, after several years of trials, Altifibers developed its own ¨Know How¨ for dehairing the Llama Fibres and has obtained remarkable good results.
In a study made by the Owari Textile Technology Center in Japan comparing the Llama to the Alpaca fiber, it has been demonstrated that both of these Fibres are hollow in the inside, however, given the same finesses (outside diameter), it has been found that the Llama Fibres have a larger inside diameter for the hollow part. Therefore, it is assumed that the Llama Fibres have superior insulation capabilities than those of the Alpaca Fibres. Additionally, it has also been found that the Llama and Alpaca Fibres have on the outside wall, a certain type of ¨flakes¨ that are bounded to the walls. However, the Llama Fibres, present a much compact flakes that are closer to the outside wall compared to the Alpaca Fibres. Therefore it is assumed that the Llama Fibres have a better handle and touch.
Altifibers is the largest and only dehairing Llama Fibres Company and last year obtained the finest Llama Fibre in the world. We call this ¨Cashllama¨ or also known as the ¨Cashmere of The Andes¨. This product has finesses of 20 microns, so it is finer than Baby Alpaca of 21/22 microns, which at the time was the finest alpaca available in the textile industry.
Altifibers now offers Cashllama to very few customers, who are using our Fibres to produce fabrics for Jackets. Altifibers is now offering its developed Cashllama Yarns for finished products, specially knitted garments.
Altifibers is the largest dehairing llama fibres company. We obtain the finest llama fibre in the world.