Samantha Holmes Alpaca

Samantha Holmes Alpaca Fur Cuffs


Regular price £50.00

Description

Stunning furry cuffs, handmade with real Alpaca Fur.   Lined with knitted baby alpaca.  Adjustable with invisible elastic inside. Matching Fur Halo and Fur Trapper Hat available.  Spruce up an old pair of leather gloves, or wear at the end of sleeves.  100% natural colours therefore please allow for a natural variation in colour and texture.

Alpaca Fur:

The Alpaca fur used in Samantha Holmes’ products is ethically sourced. The Alpacas from which the skins are removed are not killed for their fur.

There is a tradition in Peru which has developed as a result of the death of weaker and very young Alpaca in the harsh Andean Winters. Alpaca roam freely in their natural terrain on the Altiplano of the Andes where temperatures can plummet in the Winter. The fur Samantha Holmes sources is mainly from baby Alpacas - or “cria” - which have died of natural causes.

The farmers do not kill their baby alpacas for their skins because it is not financially viable for them to do so. The skins are tiny. Alpacas can live for 20 years, promising a lifetime of shearing potential of far greater value than a single pelt.

 

ALPACA PRODUCT CARE

After 10 years in the business, our knowledge of the quality and care of our alpaca yarns  and fur is second to none.

 

Items with Alpaca Fur and/or Merino Fleece

For all our fur items, we recommend you use a wire pet brush to restore the fur. Day to day sweat and grime disappears with a good brushing and you will be impressed how easily your fur is restored. Avoid wearing perfume or hairspray if this might come into contact with your fur as the alcohol/chemical content can dry out the leather skin. Oils may also penetrate the fur and turn rancid.

For more serious cleaning or for when liquids have been spilt on the fur, cover with talcum powder and gently but deeply rub in. Leave for an hour or two then brush away the excess. This will lift residues and dirt from the hair shaft and restore the fluffiness of the fur.

For items like our fur rugs and cushions, you may prefer to get your fur/fleece product professionally cleaned by a furrier or fur cleaning specialist.

However, for items like our fur trim gloves, fur pom pom hats and snoods, a cool handwash (30º) with a mild detergent such as baby shampoo is possible, although we recommend that you concentrate on sponging the fur clean and avoid letting the leather skin become soaked. Reshape as necessary and wrap the item in a clean dry towel to absorb excess moisture.  Do not hang as it will stretch. The item must then be left flat to dry slowly and naturally, away from any direct heat such as a radiator, or the skin will go stiff and crispy. Only wash the fur as infrequently as possible as over time it will deplete the natural oils.

 

Storing Alpaca and Avoiding Moths

The best way to store your alpaca (whether knitted or fur) is in a sealed, but breathable bag in a cool place.   Never put it away dirty as perspiration, hair gel and food stains etc attract moths.  To guard against moths in the knitted items, we recommend Cedar chips or balls as cedar oil is a known deterrent to moths, although do not store your fur with cedar oil as it can dry it out. Therefore, we recommend you store your fur in a very cold environment, but not in a freezer. Moths die when the temperature goes below 8º.  Moths hate light and being disturbed.  Their life cycle is about 21 days, so every month, we recommend you shake out your garment and leave in bright sun light.  Larvae are strongly repelled by light, and will fall from clothing when they cannot find protection.

Alpacas are not killed for their fur. The fur is mainly from baby Alpacas - or “cria” - which have died of natural causes as the weaker animals often perish in the harsh Andean winter. Alpacas can live for 20 years, promising a lifetime of shearing potential of far greater value than a single pelt.

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