Alpaca fibre is an extremely fine and rare speciality fibre exhibiting a quality exceeding that of cashmere. The hollow fibre has superior insulating abilities, and is five times warmer than wool but lightweight and free of the coarse guard hairs seen in llama fibre.
The entire fleece ”blanket” removed from an alpaca is suitable for use in the production of garments, and there are at least 22 naturally occurring colours. (The recognized number of colours varies by country.) As an added plus, alpaca does not cause the itching associated with garments made from sheep’s wool.