Need an Alpaca wool beret? Just really want to find out more about Alpacas? Here you go.

January 21 2016

Alpaca wool wild alpacas white and brown

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.