Alpaca fiber feels luxurious—like a cross between cashmere and silk. It also possesses superior wicking action compared to natural fibers—to keep you cry and cozy!
Alpaca fiber is…
- Naturally hypoallergenic
- Not itchy like sheep wool
- 5 times warmer than wool
- Wear resistant—does not pill
- More durable than wool
- Wrinkle resistant for travel
- Not a cling-to-body fabric
What do you call a baby alpaca?
A baby alpaca is called a cria (CREE-uh).
What are male and female alpaca called?
A breeding male is called a “Sire”, while the female is called a “Dam”.
How long is an alpaca dam pregnant?
11.5 months, the same as a horse. They have only one baby at a time.
How long do alpaca live?
Approximately 20 years.
How often do you shear alpaca?
Once a year in the spring.
Do alpaca spit at people?
No. Alpacas sometimes spit at each other as a form of communication. If an alpaca is put in a very fearful situation by a person they may react by spitting. This depends on the individual animal.
How big do alpaca get?
A full grown alpaca will generally weigh between 150 and 175 pounds.