The difference between mohair, cashmere and alpaca


2022-04-25 10:14

Mohair, cashmere and alpaca are all animal hairs like ordinary wool, that is, they are all natural protein fibers. However, due to the small number of animals producing these fibers, the price of these special animal fibers is relatively high, especially the price of cashmere, which has the reputation of "soft gold" and "fiber diamond", is more expensive.

Cashmere fibers are characterized by being thin and soft. Its fabric is soft, smooth and waxy, and has a soft luster. Compared with wool fabrics of the same thickness, it is much lighter in weight and mostly in suede style. Generally speaking, light-colored cashmere coats are mostly derived from white velvet and have better quality; while dark-colored cashmere coats are mostly derived from purple velvet or green velvet, which is of lower quality.

Alpaca hair comes from an animal called "Alpaca" (also known as "Albaca"), which grows mainly in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The Andes Mountains are 4,500 meters above sea level, and the temperature difference between day and night is extremely large, -20 to -18 ℃ at night, and 15 to 18 ℃ during the day, with strong sunlight radiation, thin atmosphere, and cold winds. Alpacas living in such a harsh environment, of course, their hair can withstand extreme temperature changes. Not only is alpaca wool moisturizing, it is also effective against solar radiation, and the alpaca fiber contains a medullary cavity that can be seen under a microscope, so its thermal properties are better than wool, cashmere and mohair.

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