About Suri Alpacas
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.
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.
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