Pine Grove Alpacas

 

Alpacas


Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid, resembling llamas.

 
 

    Unlike llamas, alpacas were bred specifically for their fiber, which is used for making knitted and woven items, much like sheep’s wool. Products that are made of alpaca fiber include blankets, gloves, hats, scarves and sweaters.

    Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. Depending on how it is spun, it may be lightweight or heavyweight. Alpaca fiber is a soft, durable, silky natural fiber, similar to sheep’s wool but warmer, and not prickly.

    Because it contains no lanolin, alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic. On the downside, its lack of lanolin prevents its fiber from being naturally water-repellent. It also has less crimp, making it less elastic than wool.

    The fiber comes in more than fifty-two natural colors as classified in Peru, twelve as classified in Australia, and sixteen as classified in the United States.

    In the textile industry, fabric that was originally made from alpaca fiber, but now made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even English wool, are sometimes said to be “alpaca”.

 

Alpaca Fleece