Hugged by a cloud: Slipping Under an Alpaca Wool Comforter


What’s a good night’s sleep worth? Economically speaking, the answer to that question depends on what your average day is worth. Yet it is nearly impossible to put a price on a good, deep, restorative night’s sleep. None of us lives on a cloud. If we did, who cares what our days and nights would be worth: we’d be sleeping most of the time. No: we live under the clouds. But we as humans have lots of what if we could sleep in a cloud? Did you ever wonder what that would feel like? How good your night’s sleep would be then?

A good, high-quality organic comforter is probably the closest humans like us will ever get to match the comfort of sleeping in a metaphorical cloud. When it comes to natural comforters, you have many options. Leaving behind the synthetic material, the most common of these options are a sheep’s wool comforter and an alpaca wool comforter. Recently faced with that challenging decision, I promptly chose the alpaca solution. Though incredibly comfortable, bedding made of sheep’s wool eventually makes me a little itchy. Enough so to make the journey through the night a bit uncomfortable. So it was an easy choice. Weight is also an important factor: the lighter the comforter, the closer you’ll feel to sleeping under a real cloud. Alpaca fiber being nearly 75% lighter than its sheep’s counterpart, that too turned out to be an easy choice. So that’s it: it’s all about me. But I can’t help but wonder how those heavenly comforters came to be. Even though, and unless you suffer from a special kind of hyper-anxiety that has you tossing and turning all night worrying about your carbon footprint while assessing the impact of every single decision you made during the day, knowing how your comforter was woven together is unlikely to help you sleep better. That won’t prevent me from going over the process here. Crescent Moon is a manufacturer of bedding accessories made with alpaca wool. The company is located in Cherryville, British Columbia (Canada). They handcraft their luxurious bedding products using a blend of alpaca fiber (70%) and sheep wool (30%) that is brought in from local ranches as well as from neighboring Alberta. As it turns out, alpacas are only shorn once a year, in the spring. Their fiber is then taken to a local woolen mill, washed and combined with 30% sheep’s wool to produce a loftier mix. The product is made into batts that ship directly to Crescent Moon. For many people, bedding products made of alpaca fiber hold a lot of advantages, not only over their synthetic counterparts but also over their natural alternatives, such as wool bedding. For instance, sheep wool tends to make me slightly itchy; for that reason, I tend to stay away from wool bedding, even though I know that accessories like organic wool pillows are uniquely comfortable.    

Sources and inspiration:
The Fiber
Benefits of Alpaca Fiber

What Are You Doing with Your Alpaca Fleece?