ABOUT ALPACA PRODUCTS
Are your products made in the USA?No, we are from Peru. We purchase hand-spun/hand-dyed yarn, also, we produce childrens clothes, baby booties, scarves, artwork, etc. with craft artists in Peru, South America. As we are peruvian, our costs are the most competitive on the world.
Are alpacas harmed or killed to get your garments?
No. They are not, as with the lamb, we only use its fleece. Thereisanannualhaircut, theyneedit.
Is baby alpaca from babies?
Baby alpaca is only a term, which relates a finest fibers that went into that particular garment or product. There are several fineness grades of alpaca fiber. The grade of fineness is not necessarily related to the age of the animal from which the fleece came. Baby alpacas typically do have very fine fleeces. As alpacas age, the fineness of their fiber tends to decrease. Through selective breeding, there are adult alpacas that continually produce fiber, which grades at baby or finer. As alpaca producers this is a quality that we strive to produce.
Is alpaca wool durable?
Yes. Alpaca is stronger than other fibers. It is resistant to pilling and will not shrink if proper care is given. Many people have had alpaca garments for years and years.
Will alpaca fade or bleed?
Not, alpaca fiber comes in 22 beautiful colors. They will be extremely resistant to fade or bleed, as it is the natural color of the fiber. Dyed garments will have some chance of bleed but since alpaca fiber takes dying better than most other fibers your garment, with proper care, should retain its beauty for many many years.
Why Buy Alpaca?
Alpaca is a relatively unknown specialty fiber which is extremely rare and of excellent quality. It is sought the world over for its luxurious characteristics and beautiful natural look. Alpaca fiber is stronger, lighter and more resilient than wool. Alpaca fiber comes naturally in 22 different colors. It also dyes very well, hold its color and blends superbly with silk and other fibers. Alpaca is naturally hypoallergenic. It lacks the lanolin and other oils seen in other fleeces. Its fineness will be noticed as you do not feel the scratchiness felt with wool. Most people who are allergic to the itchiness or get a rash from wool will cherish being able to wear alpaca. Alpaca garments are strong and resilient. Expect to keep your quality garment for years if you take good simple care of it. Most alpaca fine garments do not need to be dry-cleaned. A simple washing in baby shampoo will do just fine. We provide simple care instructions with orders. They are also listed elsewhere in this FAQ. Perhaps you, like many others can pass it down as a family heirloom. Alpaca garments dating back over 2000 years in Peru are still in good condition. Alpaca isthe true standard of clothingluxury.
Care: How do I best care for my alpaca garment?
You will find that with proper care, your valuable alpaca garment will become a personal favorite or perhaps even a family heirloom! Here are some tips, gleaned from experts, on the best ways to keep your fine alpaca garment clean and in good shape for many years... First, think of your alpaca sweater as fine yet strong hair, which is what it essentially is. Cleaning any natural animal fiber garment can be done in a washing machine, as long as there is no agitation at all, but we do not recommend it for anything larger than socks. Felting can occur in the spin cycle, every bit as easily as agitation. The finer the fibers, the less handling it can take before felting. Temperature changes between the wash and rinse water tends to be the most common cause of shrinkage. Make sure the water stays the same temperature. Lukewarm is best, about 100 to 105 degrees. Do not use extremely hot or cold water. Laundry soap and dishwashing liquid can be too harsh for some fibers. We recommend baby or other mild shampoo to our customers (skip the stuff with lots of fragrance or conditioners added - cheap stuff is just fine). After all, these products are designed for gently cleaning hair fibers, thus it is fabulous for alpaca garments. Swish your garment very, very gently in a clean sink with the shampoo, let sit for just two or three minutes, and rinse in same temp water. Be sure to think in advance about how you will get the same temperature water for washing and rinsing. Maybe a bucket transferred from the tub once the temperature is set. Try to handle the item as little as possible. Leave it in the sink for a few minutes for it to drain, gently squeeze just enough water out so you do not soak the floor when taking the garment out of the sink. Lay it out on a towel and GENTLY roll up in the towel. Do not squeeze or press hard- you only want to have the towel absorb more water. Leave it in the towel for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a dry towel and let air dry. Turn over and place on fresh, dry towel every few hours (drying time is highly controlled by room temperature and humidity). Another nice, simple and inexpensive drying method is to use a sweater dryer rack. These allow you to lay out the sweater and provide good air flow around the garment. They typically cost around $10 at Wal-Mart type stores or online (search for: sweater drying rack). Whatever you do, do not use Woolite! Even the "gentle" formula can be too harsh for some fine clothing. Structured coats, jackets, finely woven or intricately detailed garments should be dry-cleaned. Though not as susceptible as wool items, during the summer months, your alpaca garments should be stored away from possible moth infestation. We recommend using a sealed cedar chest, closed bag, or another moth protected environment. With proper care, your alpaca garment will give you many years of soft warm enjoyment and you too will have an alpaca heirloom!
ABOUT BUTTERFLY ART
What is a butterfly?
Butterflies belong to INSECTS, which is the largest, most varied group of animals. The main features of these animals have in common are:
- 6 legs
- onepair of antennae
- a segmented body in which three body parts, a head, a thorax and an abdomen can be distinguished.
Insects are further divided into 30 orders, the main basis of classification being their wing structure. Butterflies belong to, alongside with moths to an order called Lepidoptera.
What do Lepidoptera and Papilionoidea mean?
Butterflies and moths together are called Lepidoptera; in the classification of insects, Lepidoptera is the order or niche for them both. Their wings are covered with tiny scales and that is where the name Lepidoptera comes from. Butterflies alone are calledPapilionoidea, which is the superfamily of butterflies. In some older classifications another superfamily, Hesperioidea (the Skippers) were regarded as butterflies, but these days they are excluded because of their closer resemblance to Moths.
What are Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae?
They are the names of the four butterfly families that together make up Papilionoidea, the superfamily of butterflies. You may see other classifications where Nymphalidae (Brushfoots) are concerned; they are often divided into Satyridae, Danainae, Nymphalidae and Libytheidae. This website however chooses to regard them as one family as they have one dominant characteristic in common: they have only 4 functional legs; their first pair of legs is redundant when it comes to being in motion. Papilionidae (Swallowtails) present great variety of colour, shape and size. They are often recognised of their tails, although in many species they are missing. Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs and Yellows) do not have tails. They are a widespread group often found at ecological and geographical extremes of animal life. Some species migrate. Lycaenidae (Hairstreaks, Coppers and Blues) are a large family of small butterflies. They are generallygregarious and livelocally.
How many butterfly species are there worldwide?
It depends how the count is made exactly and how the different species and subspecies are treated in the count. In a careful estimate, there are about 14 750 known butterfly species worldwide.
What does give a butterfly its colour and sheen?
The hollow, pigmented scales that cover the wings of the butterfly (a bit like roof tiles) give a butterfly its colours. The sheen comes from the structure and the arrangement of the scales on the wings. A special reflection of the light is created, giving the wings a metallic glow.
What is the purpose of the life of the butterfly?
The purpose of the life of the butterfly is to reproduce, to maintain life.
How long do butterflies live for?
By marking butterflies then recapturing or sighting them later scientists gain information on how long butterflies can live. An average butterfly species has an adult life span of 2 weeks or less.
Where do our butterflies come from?
Most of our butterflies are common species in the jungle of Peru, as the commoner ones are bred more easily in large numbers by the butterfly farms in this country. All of the species we have are captive bred, originating from South America.
What are the differences between a butterfly and a moth?
Butterflies and moths are very similar. There are some basic differences but as ever, there are exceptions to just about every rule.
- Butterflies generally rest with their wings folded, above the body, perpendicular to the ground. Moths usually rest with their wings folded along their body.
- Most butterflies have antennae which are clubbed at the end, whereas the moths antennae are pointed or feathered.
- Butterflies fly in the daytime and so do some moths, but the majority of moths fly at night.
- Butterfly caterpillars are extremely fussy about which plant they feed on - moth caterpillars will generally eat a variety of plants.
Can you send me a paper catalog?
We chose the internet as our catalog because of the dynamic nature of butterfly stock. We can have plenty of a specific butterfly one day, sell them all the next and not be able to restock for as long as a year! Also, we add so many new items regularly that paper can not keep up! Please email uswithanyspecialrequests.
Where do you get the butterflies? I am not sure I like the idea of collecting a wild butterfly. Does not that harm the environment?
Butterfly collecting is a fantastic thing to do to preserve rainforest and support indigenous people. Itactuallysavesthe wild butterflypopulation, too.
How long will my butterflies last?
Years, if you care for them carefully. Instructionsforcarewill come withyourorder.
Do you create custom pieces?
Email us using the "Contact Us" page, or directly: email@example.com.
Why are the antennae and bodies removed on the butterflies in frame?
We have learned, by trial and error that it is possible that they will break off inside the box ruining your display. All of the morpho must have their bodies removed because they contain a toxin that will destroy the wings over time.
Can you sell unmounted specimens?
Go to the "Contact Us" page tell us what you want or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wewillletyouknoweitherway.
Do you wholesale?
Yes. PeruHand offers a range of products for wholesale.