The Alpaca is a domesticated member of the lama family, the so called “South American camel”.
Alpaca fiber was a well kept secret until the 1800’s when Sir Titus Salt, a textile industrialist found a bale of alpaca fiber among his imported wool bales.Investigation of this “new” fiber revealed that alpaca fiber was stronger than sheep’s wool and its strength did not diminish with fineness of staple.
Alpaca fabric is one of the luxury fabrics for its silky, soft and fairly lightweight attributes.Today, the term alpaca is also used for fabrics made from a blend including some wools that have a similar appearance to true alpaca.
Alpaca fiber is used for many purposes, including making clothing such as bedding, hats, mitts, scarves, gloves, and jumpers.Rugs and toys can also be made from alpaca fiber. Sweaters are most common.
Alpaca fiber is one of the rarest fibers on earth.One of the most valued characteristics of alpaca fiber is the soft handle. Alpaca is also valued for its resilience,thermal properties and hypoallergenic qualities.