This is a really nice 100% baby alpaca teddy bear. He has a beautiful nose and has a very thick fur coat to stay warm. This souvenir is a great chance to get an excellent gift.
Alpacas are members of the South American camelid family that are closely related to Llamas, Guanacos and Vicuñas. The hides of the baby alpacas are utilized for make the "alpaca teddy bears". During the winter season when the cold is most intense, many alpacas die naturally in the Andes, before reaching two months of life which is the reason for a very limited production.
When dry cleaning:
We recommend you only dry clean once a year, if necessary. Remember to bring any or all labels which may have come with the garment. Clean multiple pieces at the same time so as to avoid any color discrepancies. Ask the dry cleaner to use fresh solvent in low heat and a process that does not involve tumbling of the garment. Only use an established dry cleaner that has dealt with alpaca fiber.
When hand washing:
Gently hand wash in cool water with mild soap. Never use bleach. When removing excess water press down, never wring or twist, as it will distort and/or wrinkle the garment. Dry flat. Block the garment by reshaping it to its original dimensions. Gently smooth by hand while wet to remove any wrinkles. Never use any brush. After the garment has dried, touch up with a warm iron as needed.
To keep your stuffed animal fresh, give it a dry bath on occasion with baking soda. Just sprinkle the baking soda on the stuffed animal and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then simply brush it off.
The basic tools for plush care are a hair brush and a damp cloth. An old terry washcloth is perfect for the damp cloth. Brushes with metal bristles, intended for pet care, can work very well on plush but can tear up the backing fabric if not used carefully. You want a brush with well-spaced stiff plastic bristles for most uses.
A vacuum cleaner and a lint roller are additional options for dusting.
For long fur, use the brush gently to separate snarls. Remember that any hair pulled out with the brush probably will not grow back, so brush gently. The brush will also lift out dust or debris buried in the fur. Give the surface another swipe with the damp cloth after brushing to remove anything the brush lifted.
A lint roller can be used instead of a damp cloth. The lint roller works especially well on pet hair. In our house there are four cats and a dog as well as lots of plush, and plushes that are near cat walkways have to get lint-rolled fairly often.
Pay attention to the style of fur you're working with! Don't brush out a plush surface that is supposed to look felted, tangled or woolly. Stick to lint rollers or vacuums for such materia