The highest quality materials are the basis of Malo products. Among the most precious fibers is the baby llama. The characteristic of this fiber is the ability to isolate from the cold and simultaneously dissipate excess heat. Shine, resistance and softness make each piece made of special baby llama wool, elegant and practical over time and extremely comfortable.
At the time of the Incas the lamas were so important that no one, with the exception of a small caste of devoted farmers, was allowed to raise them. If alpaca garments were reserved exclusively for tribal leaders, those in llamas provided the raw material for the rest of the community. It is a fiber with superior qualities in terms of heat and resistance. In addition to supplying the wool, the llamas were, and still are today, considered as special animals due to their strength. The steep slopes of the Andes ran along their back. Curiously, the llamas were also used as guard animals to protect the flocks, skilled in keeping wild dogs and foxes away. Perhaps for this reason the Inca god Urcuchillay, protector of animals, was represented as a large multi-colored llama. In the first decades of the 1500s with the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the llamas population decreased drastically, the ancient breeding practices and many of the registers on which the Inca shepherds carefully noted every detail on the life of their precious camelids, were lost and in shortly the lamas found themselves confined only to the most remote areas of the Andes. Today between Peru and Bolivia there are several million specimens, bred with great care for their precious wool and protected as an essential element of the local tradition.
Like many of the warmer fibers, the llama has a hollow core, a characteristic that offers superior insulating qualities and lightness. The fibers from the mantle of the adult llamas have a diameter of about 25-30 microns, measures comparable to those of many common wools but the baby llama fibers are much thinner than an ultra soft, almost ethereal consistency. By nature, the knitwear made with llama has a high degree of stain resistance. Laboratory tests have shown a high level of abrasion resistance and very high protection against ultraviolet light. The high altitude sun is the most demanding environment for exposure to UV rays and the garments made of llamas perfectly adapted to the use between the snowy peaks and the icy steppes of the Andean highlands. The most refined garments made of baby llamas today preserve all the precious natural characteristics that have made the yarn known, warmth, resistance, softness, qualities to which Malo's craftsmanship gives a special touch.
Care and washing
As all natural wools, hand washing is also recommended for baby llamas. After immersing the head in fresh water and adding a tablespoon of mild soap, allow fifteen minutes of maximum rest. Always avoid the use of fabric softener. Do not squeeze the garment but lay it gently on a dry cloth and let it dry away from direct heat sources.