Alpacas are a part of the South American camelid family, along with their camel and llama cousins.
They are very gentle creatures that make excellent farm animals, having been domesticated here in the United States since the early 1980s. At our farm, we raise our alpacas for their fleece (and use it to make your favorite products!).
Alpacas grow a very fine, soft and lightweight fleece on their body, which has incredible insulating properties used to produce products including outdoor apparel, clothing, blankets, and home decor.
Did you know: alpaca fiber grows in more than 22 different natural colors ranging from whites to dark browns, black, and grays!
The fiber, often called “the fiber of the gods”, is much finer than sheep’s wool. And, unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca hair doesn’t have any lanolin or other oils that cause skin irritation.
In fact, the softer garments made using alpaca fiber keep you 5x warmer than merino wool. You’ll stay dry, too, because alpaca fiber is moisture wicking and oil resistant.
There are two types of alpacas: Huacaya (wah-KI-ah) and Suris (SUR-ree).
Alpacas have been living in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia for over 6,000 years. However, they have only been in North America since the 1980s. They’ve become a great treasure for their fiber, and for their sweet personalities that make a farm feel like home. We like to refer to our farm as “the alpaca way of life.”
Won’t you join our alpaca way of life today?