There are 4 species of Andean camelids:
1. the llama (Lama glama),
2. The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) / Suri and Huacaya
3. The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and
4. the vicuña (Vicugna Vicugna);
The global population of these camelids is mostly found in four Latin American countries: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. But it is Peru that has the highest concentration of the alpacas, with 87% (approximately 4’800, 000 animals), of the total population.
The alpaca raising is between 3,800 and 4,700 masl. Being an economic activity whose importance lies primarily in the production of fiber, as well, of meat and other products,
"These animals were considered as a gift from the gods, because it gave them food, clothing and they were useful for transportation, to overcome the difficult and complicated Andean geography. Therefore, those engaged who raise the alpacas, had a noble category. The use, of the alpaca fiber and other camelids, as well as cotton, gives the ancient character to the textile tradition, only comparable with their counterparts in China or Persia ". (Eliseo de los Rios)
ALPACA & VALUE ADDED
Ancient Peruvians considered alpaca fibers as fit for dressing their gods. As much as 80% of alpaca production is concentrated in Peru, and competes in the international markets with fibers as exquisite as cashmere and mohair. Its exceptional quality is distinguished by its great versatility, available in ten natural shades of white, gray, brown, beige and black.
We have the finest and most luxurious fiber of the world, the alpaca, that is a resource that we need to add value through textile design to position the "Brand of Peru" in the global markets.