These amazing animals have become an icon for Peru and are the Peruvian’s national treasure. Do Peruvians feel identified by the alpacas? Most certainly. Alpacas even have their own National Day, which takes place the 1st of August every year. Currently, the alpaca population is of 3.6 million – which is a surprisingly 1 alpaca for every 9 people living in Peru. The government is constantly working to improve breeding practices to ensure the alpaca population continues to rise. An astonishing 80% of all alpacas in the world reside in Peru – no wonder why they are their heritage! Alpaca wool is made up of soft fibers with thermal properties, enabling them to withstand temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius – this is what makes our products ideal for a freezing cold winter. The versatile fiber can be used for almost anything from clothes and accessories to furniture and crafts. It is prized for its texture, form and colours – having over 30 different shades – hence, why it has become hugely popular in the textile and fashion industry. Each year, during the shearing season, an approximate of 1,500 tons of alpaca wool is collected for processing. While some is kept in Peru, an increasing amount is being exported worldwide. Peru exported a surprising $160 million worth of alpaca fur in 2016, we have contributed a good amount to this value, and $44 million worth of apparel made from alpaca. It is believed that alpacas descend from vicuñas. Alpacas were domesticated 5000 years ago by pre-Inca civilizations and they were mainly raised for their fiber. Unlike their use of llamas, the Incas did not use alpacas as transportation because they are too small and frail. Nowadays there are no alpacas in the wild around the globe and in Peru they are protected by law – which shows how appreciated they are by Peruvians. Alpaca fiber is known as a specialty fiber, it is known for its softness and its fine yarn. According to The International Wool Secretariat and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an Australian organization, over 30% of American consumers claim to be allergic to wool – Pacalpa provides you with the non-allergic most luxurious alternative. The textile industry is trying to supply these costumers with a softer and finer alternative making alpaca fiber a popular alternative to wool, hence making Pacalpa customers more elegant and classy..