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What is "Alpaca" - Definition & Explanation

The fibre from the fleece of the alpaca or lama.
Alpaca is a name given to two distinct things. It is primarily a term applied to the wool of the Peruvian alpaca. It is, however, more broadly applied to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca fiber but now frequently made from a similar type of fiber.
(Undyed) - The Natural Alpaca fiber comes in the whitest white, to the most intense black, including around twenty brown and gray tones. Therefore, undyed color combinations are very plentiful. By using undyed Natural Alpaca a step is made to decrease the amount of chemical runoff into the world's water tables.
A natural hair fiber obtained from the Alpaca sheep, a domesticated member of the llama family. The fiber is most commonly used in fabrics for dresses, suits, coats, and sweaters.
(Organic) - Free range roaming, pasture rotation, distribution of the Alpaca's manure as fertilizer, fed no hormones, no chemical dipping for ticks and parasites, no chemicals ingredients are permitted on the land or animals. Finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, stronger than mohair, warmer than goose down and synthetic fabrics, and breathes better than thermal knits. The fibers do not have lanolin or other oils. Luxuriously soft on your skin. Hypoallergenic and naturally fire resistant and dust mite resistant.
True alpaca is a hair fiber from the Alpaca animal, a member of the Ilama family of the South American Andes Mountains. Alpaca is imitated in wool, wool and alpaca blends, rayon, mohair and rayon or cotton blends, and in synthetics fabrics. Alpaca is fine, silk-like, soft, light weight and warm. It is very rich and silky with considerable luster and resembles mohair. If guard hairs are used, it is inclined to be 'boardy'. It is strong and durable. True alpaca is expensive and is often blended with other fibers or imitated by synthetic fibers. Alpaca is found in white, black, fawn or gray. The fibers are less coarse than those of the llama but are higher in tensile strength. Alpaca is most commonly used in fabrics made into sweaters, dresses, coats, and bedding batting.
The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.
A fabric from alpaca fibers or blends, (originally a cotton cloth with alpaca filling) that is used for dresses, coats, suits, and sweaters. It is also used as a pile lining for jackets and coats. (The term has been incorrectly used to describe a rayon fabric.
This is a natural fiber obtained from a sheep family known as Alpaca which is a domestic animal of Llamas, whose fiber is used to make suits, coats, dresses and sweaters.
A fine fiber from goats raised in the Andes Mountains. Can be used alone or combined with wool for suits, coats, sweaters and linings.
A natural wool yarn derived from the long silky fleece of Alpaca (large domesticated mammal of the llama family.) Traditionally a natural yarn but also manufactured from Rayon and cotton mixes.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

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