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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.

Among 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. Unlike the soft fuzzy look of the Huacaya alpaca, the Suri's long, separate, distinctive locks are comprised of twisted or flat fibers that drape down the sides of the Suri's body. The Suri's fiber has a cool, slick hand; soft as cashmere, warmer than wool, with the luster of silk.

The first Suris were imported to the United States from Bolivia in the winter of 1991. Subsequent imports came in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 from Peru, Chile and Bolivia. 

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