The outer coarse guard hair of llamas is used primarily for rugs, wall
hangings and ropes. The finer undercoat is used for garments. Found
mainly in South America, the color ranges from white to brown and black.
A hollow fiber, llama is very warm for its weight. It has a natural
capacity to regulate moisture (wicking). Llama garments shed moisture
and are warm when wet.
Alpacas are members of the llama family. Alpaca is used for men’s and
women’s suits, coats and sportswear, linings and sweaters. Some fine
alpaca is used for women’s dresses.
Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild