There are two kinds of alpacas, the Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) and the Suri. Huacaya alpacas are fluffy like teddy bears and Suri alpacas have long shiny locks like very soft, slightly curly hair.
Alpacas are very gentle and curious. They are social animals and
can be pleasantly dependent on humans. With a little training
they become great pets. Alpacas will occasionally spit at each
other when they are competing for food or trying to establish
their pecking order.
Alpaca fleece is the natural fibre harvested from an alpaca. It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fibre. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fleece is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fibre, has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting. Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple garments to sophisticated, industrially made products. The preparing, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing process of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool.