How do I hang the fur pieces on the wall?
We have rug clips that we include with your order if you indicate that you will be using the piece as a wallhanging. To hang: just put your nails (or whatever you want to use) in the wall, and the clips hang right in place on the nail.
What uses are there for the Alpaca fur pieces?
These pieces are so nice, that they are great just laying around to feel!!! The smaller pieces...depending on size...can be used for making pillows, use on chair seats, hang on the wall for accents. The larger sizes are great for putting on furniture, using as rugs, lap covers....anything that you can think of. The largest pieces work great...again...on furniture, large area rugs (in front of fireplace, for example), and as bedspreads or wallhangings. Use your imagination.
The fur pieces have a soothing affect on people. Babies with colic are soothed when laid on them. We have been told of elderly people, when very limited in what they can do, love to use as a lap cover to feel the soft fur. Very soothing and warm (cool in summer). Their uses are limited only by what you can think of!! Since they clean so easily and will not absorb liquid, they are much more functional than any other fur.
How can these pieces be used for rugs or made into pillows.
The pieces are easily used on top of carpet, as an accent piece, or as a rug at the edge of the bed, for example. There is no non-slip backing...that would have to be purchased and added to the backing.
As a pillow? It would be necessary to add a zipper, or, for anyone who is a good seamstress...whatever you can do to make it work! (They are beautiful as pillows).
Are Alpaca's killed to use their fur, or, hide?
Definately not! Our Alpaca items are all from Peru, where they are almost "like family" to the Incans. Their hide/fur is only used when they die from natural causes, mainly from the extreme weather conditions in the Andes. Besides using the hides that become available, they shear the Alpaca each year, and the fur is used for fiber products.
How are the Alpaca fur items made?
Each piece is handpieced together using different sizes, patterns, textures, and colors, to create the desired look.
Except for the pieces that are all one color, rarely are there two pieces exactly alike. Even when a pieces is made of one color, there can be "dabs" of another color in it. After these pieces are stitched together, a white cotton backing is added.
Why do the pieces of the same price, seem to vary in size?
The reason for this is...... because all of the pieces are handmade. They are handpieced together to form the figure or design of the piece. It would depend on who is making the piece, and how the pieces go together. Basically, they are within a few inches of each other, putting them in the same price range.
Can you explain how Alpaca fur feels?
Luxurious....silky, soft, airy, warm, cool......It is almost impossible to explain how Alpaca fur feels!! Pictures cannot begin to show the softness that can be seen just looking at it..... It is so soft, that some of it is like feeling air. If you can imagine the softest, silkiest thing you have ever touched, Alpaca is softer. Alpaca fur is the softest fur there is, next to Vicuna. Softer than cashmere, as silky as silk. Again.....just so very, very, very, LUXURIOUS!!!
Why do so many of the fur pieces look almost exactly alike.
So many pieces look exactly alike, but, taking time to look closer, there is something that is a bit different. All the pieces are handmade, so almost every one is uniquely different. The type or length of fur used may be different, or, there might be specks of another color, where the "exact" same one doesn't have it. Or, the sizing might be a bit different, or one might have two stripes instead of three. On the animals pieces, different colors are used to accent the main color...... So many subtle differences, that I have listed them separately. If you see a tiny black speck on the listed item, and that is what you like.....I want that to be the one that you get!
How do I clean the Alpaca fur pieces?
Having a hollow shaft, Alpaca fur (hair) does not absorb liquids, so it is really easy to clean. Also, the worry of staining is gone!
Simply wipe off with a damp cloth. Allow to dry, and then fluff, or shake out. For dust that might accumulate, simply use a vacuum (using attachment only) and clean off.
If something is spilled on it, e.g.....baby spitting up....that leaves an odor, use warm damp cloth, and allow to air out.. If possible, lay in the sun. It removes odor more quickly. (The odor hasn't been absorbed....simply needs to "disappear", as odors on the skin.)
For oils that might accumulate from contact with the skin, e.g. .... handling, laying on.... simply sprinkle with talcum,or baby powder, rub in, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then shake out.
To re-fluff the fur, use an animal brush....not the "balled" kind....and using a backward motion, fluff the hair. Combing will flatten, not fluff. Also, shaking, or laying in the sun, will fluff it.
Why are the Alpaca fur pieces called rugs, wallhangings, and blankets?
Because the Alpaca fur pieces are very versatile. Depending on the size, they can be used as any of the above.
As a wallhanging, they are like a piece of art...made out of fur.
As a blanket, very nice to throw over the back of furniture, or....as I have done in my home, use as a cover on a loveseat or sofa...depending on the size used. So very warm in the winter time!!! The $310.00 size fits perfect width-wise, on a love-seat, or lengthwise on a chair.
As a rug, it is used mainly for looks. The thin hide makes it best used in low-use areas (as far as walking over). Works great along side beds, and other low use spots. Works great in an area specifically for laying on, such as in front of fireplace.
They are so warm and soft. Beautiful and silky!! Let your imagination help you decide what you can use them as...just remembering that they cannot be roughly used!