What Makes U.S. Alpaca So Wonderful?
Golden Touch Alpaca clothing is produced using natural alpaca fleece, which is similar to sheep's wool - but better. When you put on alpaca, it feels soft and smooth on your skin, not prickly. Yet it's durable, too, ready to be worn again and again without wearing out. Alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic , it doesn't contain lanolin or other oils, so it's less less likely to trigger allergic reactions. Since alpacas come in more than 20 natural colors and over 300 different shades, no artificial dyes are needed to create much of our naturally vibrant clothing and accessories.
And to top it off, all the alpaca fiber we use is Grown here in the United States.
By purchasing our clothing you are supporting Our Farm, the U.S. Alpaca Industry, and U.S. Textile Mills.
Golden Touch Naturals Motivators
Made In U.S. - Its Natural
Our ancestors immigrated from England and Ireland over 150 years ago to work in U.S. Mills with the hope of a better life.
We were raised in a textile community and know first hand the value of pride in quality products
We believe we owe a middle class lifestyle to our children and grandchildren
Alpaca Clothing - Its Natural
Natural clothing that is high performance, soft, sustainable and Eco-friendly is our passion. We produce alpaca fiber at our farm, manufacturer clothing with the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool and Sell to our customers through Golden Touch Naturals. We are fully committed to the complete life cycle.
Like Minded Products - Its Natural
Golden Touch Naturals is an engaging company. We love to meet our customers and like minded business who are passionate about what they do. Our approach is to be boots on the ground by attending many events to show what we are doing and engage with others. It is always our goal to identify like minded companies through our travels and make their products and stories available to our customers.
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What makes Alpaca Fiber so Great?
- Hypoallergenic - Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic because it doesn't contain lanolin, an oil commonly found in sheep's wool that requires harsh chemical detergents to wash out before processing. Alpaca fiber's microscopic scales are also shorter than sheep's wool of the same fineness, resulting in it feeling smoother next to your skin. The smooth surface also gives bacteria and other odor causing agents less places to hide, making alpaca fiber naturally odor resistant and anti-microbial.
- Moisture Wicking - Alpaca fiber's semi hollow core allows it to transfer moisture away from the skin and into the outer layers of your clothing, letting it evaporate and keeping your more comfortable for longer in damp and cold conditions. This same semi hollow fiber structure traps warm air, acting as a naturally insulator, which keeps you warmer in lighter-weight garments.
- Durability - Alpaca fiber is naturally resistant to abrasion and pilling, it's tensile strength is also 7% stronger than sheep's wool. This translates into increased durability, improving the life time of your alpaca clothing and accessories.
Why Made in USA?
Alpacas began being imported into the United States in 1984 and it's fiber was solely processed commercially in Central America, leaving U.S. Alpaca farms with very few viable options to process their herds fiber. It was vital to the industry to begin processing their fiber in the USA, and a little over 15 years ago many farms began banding together and partnering with U.S. mills. Today this has resulted in a mutual beneficial partnership. Alpaca farms are more viable by having a domestic output for their yearly fiber harvests, and U.S. textiles mills have found a new and unique natural fiber to work with and innovate.
As new life is breathed into the U.S. manufacturing base, more high quality jobs are being created and in turn communities are being strengthened across the country.