Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic and a great insulator




When shopping around markets in South America you’ll often see a wide variety of “Alpaca products” or products that contain Alpaca fiber. Because of their insular capabilities, they’ve helped generations of Andes habitants stay warm during extreme cold winters.

The Alpaca fiber is a natural fiber extracted from two different layers of the Alpaca. It’s super resilient, so the derived products tend to last longer (compared to sheep wool or others). There are only 22 natural colors that range from creme to darker shades of brown, but the fiber also absorbs dyed colors really well. All Alpaca wools are soft, but their density varies depending on the type of Alpaca (Suri, Huacaya, etc).


Why do they vary so much in price?

There are several variables impacting the price of Alpaca products, but the following are the two important ones you should know.

  1. The type of Alpaca. For example, if the fiber comes from a Suri Alpaca the cost is higher because they’re harder to find. But Suri fiber is recommended for woven products because it’s less elastic than Huacaya, so if you’re trying to get a fitted clothing item it’s worth paying the higher price.

  2. The combination with other materials. Alpaca wool is often combined with other synthetic materials or cotton in order to produce more affordable products. That’s why the pricing ranges vary so much sometimes. One test you can apply if you’re ever shopping for Alpaca products is to feel the different temperatures of the wool. The higher the percentage of Alpaca fiber the colder it will feel at first touch.

A few Alpaca fiber favorites: