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GORGEOUS TO THE TOUCH
The alpaca is a mammal in the camelid family, widespread in South America. Its wool is extremely fine, soft and silky, in colours ranging from beige to reddish and even dark brown. The alpaca is a very tough animal which can live at altitudes of 3500-4800 metres. It can adapt very well to variations in heat, which can be as much as +/-20° between night and day. Unlike other camelids, the alpaca does not have a double layer of hair, but an even fleece which varies according to age, sex and breeding. One of the main characteristics of Alpaca wool is that it has the greatest variety of natural colours of all animal fibres. Alpaca fibre is used to make combed and carded fabrics. Furthermore, it can make Loden fabrics of higher quality than those made using other fibres.