Alpaca fibres originate from the fleece of the alpaca (Lama pacos). Alpacas are close relatives of the llama and were first bred for their wool in the South American Andes around 5000 BC. In these ancient Incan times, alpaca fibre was used to make clothes for royalty and was known as ‘the fibre of the gods’.
Alpaca wool is naturally black, brown, white or grey, the various colours are often used in their natural un-dyed colour palette.
Alpaca is a naturally warm fibre, making it an ideal material for clothing
The best alpaca fibres generally come from the soft underbelly, neck and shoulders of the animal. Once it has been shorn, the alpaca fibres are spun into yarns from which they can be woven or knitted into fabrics.
Alpaca is a naturally warm fibre, making it an ideal material for clothing. It is also a hypoallergenic making it is a great choice for children and allergy-prone adults.