Alpacas are native to South America, in particular the countries of Peru, Bolivia and Chile and were an integral part of the Inca civilisation. The Incas regarded the fleece of the alpaca as ‘fibre of the gods’
The arrival of the Spanish conquistadors saw the decimation of the alpaca herd, the remnant being driven high into the Andes Mountains. High on ‘altiplano’ the alpacas survived the extreme harsh climatic conditions.
Today this aristocrat of animals and its fibre are available for Australians to enjoy. Alpaca comes in a range of natural colours from white though fawns, browns and greys to black. Warm, strong and resilient, alpaca is made into garments which feel soft and silky yet are durable with excellent thermal properties.
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