Alpaca fiber comes from the fleece of the animal bearing the same name. Alpacas are mainly bred in the Peruvian Andes.
Alpacas are considered less damaging to the earth than other animals since they cut the grass they eat instead of pulling it out, which allows for the grass to keep growing. And alpacas have soft padding under their feet that is more gentle for the soil than goat or sheep hooves. But all grazing animals can have a positive impact on the soil if they are managed correctly with regenerative farming practices.
Alpacas need very little water and food to survive and produce a lot of wool compared to goats and sheep. Their wool naturally has many beautiful colour-shades so it is possible to use the fibers without dying them.
Traceability is very important, make sure to buy alpaca that supports indigenous communities in Peru.
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