Description Add a touch of luxury to your life with this gorgeous Alpaca pillow. While providing comfort and support, the pillow is encased in a beautiful pure cotton cover and is proudly Australian made. FILL: 60% Pure new Australian Alpaca fleece blended with 40% high performance polyester COVER: Pure high quality cotton sateen SIZE: Standard 70 x 45 cm GUARANTEE: The Alpaca Pillow has a 2 year product guarantee CARE: Spot clean / Air regularly Alpacas… and why their fleece is perfect for bedding Alpacas… and why their fleece is perfect for bedding Origin Alpacas originated from the Altiplano in Peru and were bred by the Incas for their luxuriant, silky fleeces, which the Inca’s hailed as ‘The Fibre of the Gods’. At that time, the fleeces were extremely rare and were only worn by the very wealthy or royalty – in fact the Inca’s considered Alpaca fibre to be more important than silver or gold. Alpacas have a very gentle demeanour and are wonderfully intelligent, curious, adaptable and eco-friendly animals. How the Fleece is obtained An Alpaca fleece is obtained in much the same way a sheep’s fleece is obtained – the fleece is simply shorn off the Alpaca about once a year. No Alpacas are harmed or injured in any way – they simply get a haircut. Softness: Alpaca is a super-soft fibre. Unlike its close relative, wool, Alpaca does not have scales on the fibre, making it naturally smooth & soft. There are many different types of Alpaca, but the best, which Bambi use, is Super Fine Alpaca fleece. At around 16-18 microns, this fleece has the feel of cashmere. (To give an understanding of how fine Super Fine Alpaca is, most human hair is at least 100 microns – 5 times thicker than alpaca fibre). Warmth: Alpaca is a completely hollow fibre, meaning it has a massive propensity for trapping heat while, at the same time, being extremely lightweight. In tests conducted by the Yocum-McCall Testing Laboratories, alpaca fibre was shown to be three times warmer than sheep’s wool. Hypo-allergenic: Unlike other fleeces, Alpaca does not contain Lanolin, which puts it into the classification of a ‘dry-fibre’. The benefit of a ‘dry fibre’ is that it requires no chemical processing whatsoever, making it not only hypo-allergenic, but a very eco-friendly fibre. Almost Completely Waterproof: Alpaca fibre is almost completely waterproof. This is because water is not absorbed into the hair, but rather, sheets off it. This capability comes down to the fibre being hollow as it traps in more heat and mechanically pushes the water away. Because of this, Alpaca does not smell and is not subject to mould and mildew under normal circumstances. Overview: Alpaca is a versatile fibre which is produced on a gentle, hardy animal. Apart from Alpaca being soft, warm, lightweight, hypo-allergenic, breathable and virtually waterproof, it is also durable*, as well as being stain, mould & mildew resistant. *In terms of durability, bison is, in most cases, the strongest, followed by yak-down, followed by alpaca.