Raised in the highest, harshest elevations of the Andes Mountains in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, alpaca has been called “The Royal Fiber of the Inca” because of its silky, buttery feel. With the longest staple length, absence of prickly fibers, alpaca spins into the strongest, smoothest yarns possible with low microns. The textiles made centuries ago are still as beautiful today as they were then, testifying to the staying power of alpaca garments. The exceptionally lightweight fabric is four times warmer than sheepwool and rivals cashmere for fineness, yet is one of the lightest weight, most breathable fabrics on earth. The beauty of these designs and the sensual feel of the fabric are only part of the reason to buy alpaca -- the MAIN reason is the way it wears, warms, breathes and comforts.