Need an Alpaca wool beret? Just really want to find out more about Alpacas? Here you go.
They're adorable, admit it. You can totally imagine having them as a pet. But even better than that, their wool is extraordinary.
-- Alpacas were exported from Peru in the mid-1980s, and have become a premier livestock in America and abroad. In America, there's even a National Alpaca Registry to ensure breed purity and high standards. As the breeding has such high quality control, it's no longer allowed to import Alpacas from South America.
-- Alpaca wool is actually called "fleece" or "fibre", rather than "wool" or "fur".
-- Alpaca wool has loads of different colours (22, to be exact), ranging from black and mahogany to rose grey, white and champagne.
-- There are two types of Alpaca fibre: 1. Huacaya: dense, crimped and water-resistant, and 2. Suri: fine, lustrous and long. Looking a bit like dreadlocks.
-- Unlike its cousin, the Llama, Alpaca fibre can be used for clothing. It's softer than cashmere and warmer and lighter in weight than wool. And it's hypoallergenic, too!
-- Alpacas are herd animals, and like spending time with their friends. They're also very good with children, so they make ideal farm animals.
-- Alpaca fibre is always in high demand in the fashion industry because of how easy it is to work with, and how the natural colours are desirable.