Pokoloko curates unique high-quality artisanal goods from around the world for the homes and lives of thoughtful consumers like you! If you enjoy collecting and giving meaningful items, Pokoloko products are the perfect choice. Their products are ethically traded through personal travel adventures so each item has a unique story to share!
Pokoloko and Alpaca
Pokoloko products use Alpaca Fleece which is a natural fibre. It is great at retaining its length, strength, pliability, elasticity, abrasion resistance, and absorbency making it a long-lasting and durable fibre. Alpaca fleece is also warm, lightweight, non-prickly, hypoallergenic, and naturally water and fire-resistant.
The alpaca fleece is sheared in a process that takes place once a year. The amount of fleece obtained from this annual event is, impressively, enough for market share. A single alpaca can yield as much as 9 to 14 pounds per shearing session! The fleece and shearing process is a sustainable natural source, and it is animal-friendly – shearing is beneficial to the alpaca by ridding the chance of unhealthy heat stress.
Caring for Alpaca Wool
- Alpaca fleece is naturally anti-bacterial so you do not need to wash it as regularly as other garments
- Use cold water to avoid shrinkage, shocking, and matting
- Use a small amount of mild detergent meant for alpaca or that does not contain strong artificial scents and dyes – we suggest Eucalan Wool Wash
- You can hand wash (recommended for sweaters, scarves, and hats) by soaking them in a basin of cold water – after 30 minutes, rinse out the wash water with clean water and push out excess water
- You can machine wash (recommended for blankets and socks) by using a delicate, wool, or hand-wash cycle – if you are washing other materials, put your alpaca fleece garments in a wash bag; do not machine wash if your machine has an agitator
- You can dry clean your products but be sure to research the dry cleaners first to ensure they know how to properly clean alpaca Fleece
- Never put alpaca fleece in the dryer
- Lay flat to dry
- Do not wring, twist, scrunch, or stretch your products
- You can rotate your drying products to speed up the process
Fixing your Product and Storage:
- If matting or another similar problem has occurred, you can use a very soft brush to brush out the tangles – brush in the direction of the fibres to realign them
- To prevent your alpaca fleece from dirt and dust, you can store it in a cotton pillowcase
- Keep your product out of areas with significant light and temperature changes
Alpaca Dryer Balls
You can visit our blog about Moss Creek Wool Dryer Balls to learn more about why wool and alpaca fleece dryer balls are the perfect choices for your next laundry day. Some of these benefits include faster drying time, sustainable and eco-friendly qualities, and a gentle yet effective impact on your garments.
Pokoloko’s dryer balls are hand-crafted by a cooperative of female Peruvian artists. They are made of 50% alpaca fleece and 50% wool sourced from local farmers. Since they are made of 100% biodegradable fibres, you can compost them!
Here at The Real Wool Shop, we carry a variety of Pokoloko products including scarves, socks, blankets, dryer balls, hats, headbands, and toys all made using alpaca fleece! Visit us in-store or online to get your very own Pokoloko product.