Alpaca (or alpaga)

Fibre produced from the homonymous Camelidae, with a fur similar to mohair, raised in flocks on the plateaus of the Peruvian Andes and sheared every two years. Provides wool in seven natural colours (white, grey, light brown, dark brown, reddish-tones, black and mottled). The reddish-tone is the most interesting shade. There are two qualities, one ordinary (the outer hair) and one soft (the most precious undercoat). It also indicates a very shiny cloth made entirely from alpaca wool or a blend of a cotton warp and an alpaca wool or sheep wool weft. It can be carded, finished with fur pile for winter jackets or coats, or combed, worked in a plain-weave, for summer dresses and lining materials.