Alpaca fleece is the natural fibre harvested from the alpaca, a distant relation of the camel family. It is soft, durable and luxurious, warmer than sheep’s wool and is naturally a water repellent, and due to the crimped texture of the fibre, naturally elastic.
There are two types of Alpaca - Huacaya (dense like sheep fibre) and Suri (silky pencil-like locks). Alpaca yarn was first spun in England in 1808 but failed to work. Only when Titus Salt combined it with cotton warps was it successfully converted into a clothing fabric.