Alpacas, originating in the Andes of South America, came to North American and the United States in the early 1980's. The first alpacas were imported to the United States in 1983. Since then the North American herd has steadily grown.
Alpacas come in many different colors, the most popular being white, black, brown, rose, silver, or even spotted, and in many color combinations. Alpacas are able to withstand cold temperatures because of their dense fleece. This fleece is more than just for warmth though. It is one of the primary purposes for raising alpacas. Their fleece can most closely be compared to cashmere. It is lightweight and has the most amazing softness, yet warmth that surpasses any other fiber. Alpaca products are now being sold and distributed worldwide.
have dense, crimped, wooly, water-resistant fleece and have a fluffy 'teddy
bear' look. Most of the alpacas (about 85%) are huacayas.
Suri alpacas have very fine and lustrous fiber which grows
parallel to the body in long, separate “dreadlocks”. A high-quality suri coat
is so lustrous, it glistens in the sunlight and feels like cool silk to the
touch. Only roughly 15% of the alpaca population in the US are Suris.
the Andes people, the woven fabric from the fleece of the alpaca was so soft
and alluring that it was used as currency. The Suri alpaca has unique fiber
characteristics that distinguish the Suri from the rest of the camelid family.