USA Grown alpaca-from raw fiber to finished products

Information from the Alpaca Owners Association testing

Why Alpaca is a GREAT Choice!

Alpaca is a sustainable and eco friendly fiber

We source our alpaca fiber from our Pennsylvania animals.

  • Alpacas nibble only the tops of grasses and other plants; they do not rip plants out of the ground, allowing the vegetation to grow back.
  • And unlike goats and sheep, which have sharp hooves that can damage pasture and soil, alpacas have two toed feet with soft pads that leave no footprint, but allow the alpacas to navigate rocky areas easily and safely.
  • Alpaca is a single coated animal, and the fiber generally does not
    have to be dehaired like cashmere, llama, camel, qiviut, and yak. This leads to greater yields of fiber after processing.

Alpaca fiber is high performance

  • Moisture wicking and odor-free. It's not necessary to wash alpaca fiber garments after each and every use.
  • Alpaca fiber has keratin protein with natural antibacterial properties. It's hard to make our alpaca garments smell.
  • While the type of fabric (knit or woven-worsted or woolen) dictates the level of thermal insulating properties, alpaca fiber has a high natural thermal conductivity level, but also can "breathe" due to its lighter weight by volume.
  • Alpaca is resistant to external water penetration like wool, but can slowly wick away perspiration because of its unique ability to act like cotton in moisture regain. These factors are what makes alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool, damp conditions.

Alpaca is flame resistant

Alpaca is flame resistant, meeting the standards of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's rigid testing specifications as a Class 1 fiber, the safest level of flame resistance for use in clothing and furnishings.

Alpaca is water resistant

  • This resistance makes spills easy to clean up before water saturates the fiber and allow stains to develop.
  • It is also adsorbent to oils, meaning that the oils do not penetrate the fibers, but merely cling to the fiber for easy cleaning without harsh chemicals.

Alpaca is free of lanolin

  • The lack of lanolin minimizes the likelihood of allergic reactions to those who are sensitive to wool, which contains lanolin.
  • This is why many people refer to it as hypoallergenic.

Alpaca is a versatile fiber

  • Alpacas come in over 16 different natural earth tone colors, and can be blended into even more!
  • Even with all those color choices available, alpaca is easily dyed to wonderfully beautiful colors from pale pastels on white or beige to rich jewel tones on fawns, greys, and even browns using natural or organic dyes.
  • Alpaca can be worn all seasons and can be used for everything from delicate clothing to durable home furnishings.

Shearing Day at Laurel Highlands Alpacas

  • USA Alpaca Fiber

    Style • Comfort • Function

    Direct from Pennsylvania alpaca farmers, our alpaca fiber and goods offer you superior performance and comfort.

  • Craft Idea to Creation

    Quality • Selection • Creativity

    Helping you bringing your alpaca craft ideas to life to the best quality alpaca fiber and yarn.

  • Sharing the Alpaca Journey

    Farming • Fiber • Family

    Sharing our journey in raising alpacas in Pennsylvania -- from Alpaca management to creating quality crafts.