The alpaca was domesticated around 7,000 years ago providing food, clothing, and transportation for humans throughout the Andean countries of South America. Members of the South American camel family, alpacas graze in the high plain regions at elevations of 10,000 to 14,000 feet.
As the principal material of Incan textiles for thousands of years, alpaca fiber has always been highly sought after. Alpaca yarns were highly valued during the Inca period for their textiles qualities and were used exclusively to make robes for the nobility.
Alpaca wool is harvested from the alpaca, a Camelid that is native to the high, remote Andean plains of South America. The South American Camelid family also includes Guanacos, Llamas and Vicuñas. With an estimate of only three million alpacas worldwide, some 90% of which are found in the southern regions of Peru, the alpaca is one of the rarest species on Earth.
The world of high fashion recognizes alpaca fiber for its natural attributes: its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic and lightweight qualities. Their thick, sumptuous coats grow naturally in over 40 shades from ivory to black, and every grey and brown shade between.