Alpacas were first bred for their wool in the South American Andes around 5000 BC. In these ancient Incan times, alpaca fibre was used to make clothes for royalty and was known as “the fibre of the gods”. Alpaca fiber is recognized by the worldwide fiber market in 22 natural colors, from ivory to black, with all the grays and browns in between, making alpacas the most colorful animals on the earth! Cashmere can be compared to the softness of alpaca fiber. Alpaca is warmer, stronger, lighter, hypoallergenic, and more resilient than wool.
Most people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca without the itching or irritation they feel from wool because alpaca fiber is smooth. Additional performance characteristics include stretch, water repellency, and odor reduction.