Looking around world, at how other countries refer to the stuff off an alpaca’s back, wool seems to be the word of choice. Australia, New Zealand, and across Europe, breeders and industry professionals speak about Alpaca ‘wool,’ sheep ‘wool’ or Cashmere ‘wool.’
So, why in this country, do we still say alpaca ‘fiber’? Not that it is wrong, but the precise term should be “alpaca wool.” We respectfully submit that our dear judges should speak in a precise, industry accepted terms, and speak about alpaca wool. We, on our farm, and in our discussions, refer to the stuff off our alpaca’s backs as ‘wool.’ And we encourage others in the U.S industry to do the same. Alpacas produce a true luxury wool that competes more and more with Cashmere wool. Let’s be bold, and accurate in our use of the terms. It is alpaca wool!
Wool mill in Peru.