Alpaca Treasure of the Andes

More than 6000 years ago, among the magnificent snow-covered mountains, heavenly lakes and limitless steppes of the Andean Cordillera, Peru’s first inhabitants managed to domesticate Alpacas and Llamas. Assured of food and clothing, they advanced from nomadic hunters to herdsmen who founded important cultures. Their achievements with the genetics of these animals are amazing: over a period of 2000 years they created two distinct breeds of Alpaca – Huacaya and Suri – with a huge variety of fleece colors ranging from creamy white to intense black and intermediate tones which include beautiful fawns, browns and grays.

Alpaca and Cotton have been providing the ancient Peruvians with the inspiration to become the world’s greatest weavers. Today Alpacas remain profoundly significant to the Andean herdsmen, who still use traditional breeding techniques while carefully tending their treasured herds.

Alpaca’s many outstanding properties include its luster, softness, strength, elasticity, thermal insulation and non-flammability. This proud animal produces more than twenty natural shades and light tones can be dyed to any color. Alpaca garments have a beautiful drape and a very good pilling performance. Alpaca’s sought for qualities have enabled the Peruvian textile industry to export its garments everywhere in the world earning thousands of Andean families a decent income. Eighty percent of the world’s Alpaca livestock and the genetic reserve of the species are in Peru. They are the treasure of the Andes.