What is an alpaca?
There are two breeds of alpaca; the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca. The big fluffy ones you see in our photo gallery are Huacaya. Suri Alpaca have long silky dreadlocks - think Bob Marley!
An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance, and belongs to the species known as camelids, along with camels, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos.
Bred for their soft fibre, these shy creatures originate from South America.
Alpacas live in herds, as they are social creatures. They communicate within the herd by gentle humming, and warn the herd about intruders by making sharp, noisy inhalations that sound like a high-pitched bray. The herd may attack smaller predators with their front feet, and can spit and kick.
Why wear Alpaca?
Alpaca fibre is fine and warm with a cashmere like texture that feels wonderful next to your skin.
Fashion designers and connoisseurs opt for Alpaca due to its superior quality over sheep’s wool.
The natural fibre is soft and silky. Warmer than sheeps wool, it is not prickly and has no lanolin, making it hypo-allergenic. You can, therefore, wear it next to your skin, without fear of itching.
Alpaca is known to be extremely warm. This is due to the medullated fibre, ie: there are tiny hollow areas in the centre of individual alpaca fibres. These areas allow for the fabrics breathability, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Unlike many other animals, alpaca are not killed for their fleece. Shorn each year, their beautiful fleece is spun and woven in to stunning garments.
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