Over 7,000 years ago, the South American people domesticated and bred alpacas to produce fine, soft and warm fiber. Of all the animal fibers, only de-haired cashmere, around 14-16 microns, is finer than alpaca which comes in at around 18-26 microns. In comparison, human hair is about 100 microns thick!
Spinners say that alpaca spins like butter. Mountain climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts are wearing alpaca socks on their feet, testifying that alpaca is warm and insulating yet wicks away moisture. Alpaca fiber is strong - yet soft next to the skin, lightweight - yet long-lasting and durable for rugged outerwear.
Alpaca fiber IS special.
Alpacas are a type of livestock, like any other domesticated animal kept by people, they have to have value to the owner. Alpacas are similar to sheep and some types of goats because of the fact their main function is to produce fleece (sometimes called fiber or hair), which is similar to wool. The raw fiber can be used many ways. It can be felted or spun into yarn. It can be knitted, crocheted, hooked, or woven into garments and other useful household items.
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