An alpaca is a ruminant mammal that along with the llama, the vicuna, and the guanaco forms part of the emblematic camel family that originated in the Andes of South America.

The coat of the alpaca is considered one of the finest, most delicate and most valuable natural fibers of the world along with cashmere, angora and natural silk.

The coat of the alpaca is long, light, brilliant, and especially soft. It is cherished for its capacity to absorb moisture and to provide excellent thermal insulation giving it the feeling of freshness without being damp and providing warmth in cold weather.