Treat yourself to this incredibly soft and surprisingly warm hat made of one of nature’s best materials! This garment is 100% woven baby alpaca wool with a real alpaca fur pom pom. The texture knit into it is designed not only to be attractive but to provide extra bulk to insulate the wearer’s head against frigid high-altitude Andean winters. Alpaca wool is warmer and lighter than sheep's wool, durable, hypoallergenic, wrinkle free, odor resistant, natural, and easy on the environment. It does not prick or scratch like sheep's wool, making it appropriate for babies and those with sensitive skin. Baby alpaca is an extra fine grade comparable in softness to cashmere and does not really come from a baby - it is from the first shearing of a one-year-old adult alpaca. Shearing is not harmful for alpacas and is necessary after winter's end to prevent them from overheating. The fur used in the pom pom is taken only from alpacas that expire from natural causes. This product was made by artisans in the Andes regions of South America.