There are two alpaca breeds from which two different types of fiber are extracted:
Huacaya and Suri
The Huacaya breed provides a thin, opaque, curly and fluffy fiber 4 to 6 inches long. Similar to sheep wool.
It is the most abundant breed, constituting 93% of the total population of alpacas in Peru.
In our photo, the Huacaya is beige and white.
The Suri breed; which is a shiny, glossy, limp, silky, cashmere-like fiber with the shine of silk, provides fibers 6 to 8 inches in length.
This type of alpaca provide up to 22 different natural shades.
In this picture, our friend Suri is brown.