The alpaca hair is not called fur or wool, but fibre or fleece and this is for many reasons as it is gorgeous and ranging in twenty two natural shade between white rose grey, silver , black, champagne, light fawn, mahogany brown. It is also a breed that can be specifically bred for a specific colors of fleece.
According to the fibre types you get two different alpacas, the Suri and the Huacaya.
The Suri has lustrous, fine fibre that grows in parallel to the body in separate long locks. Unfortunately only ten percent of the us alpacas are suris.
The Huacaya has crimped dense woolly and water resistant flees with 90 percent in the US being teddy bear alpacas.
When you look at one of their family members the Llama, you cannot use their fur, where you can use all the alpaca fibre for clothing. This fibre is rich and much lighter and warmer than wool, softer that angora and cashmere and no prickling like you get with many wools. It is also hypoallergenic and contains no lanolin either and easy to process. The advantages of the wool produced from alpacas is endless, however once you have an alpaca jersey against your skin or something made from the lustrous fibre you will not question is gorgeous feel against your skin. Then only will you appreciate the price you paid for the item.
The focus of breeding alpacas is for their fleece even though many farmers in Tennessee wanted to breed them predominantly as show animals. This was before bad economy showed that it was not worth having show animals which you could not shear. Speciality fibre mills for alpaca fleece produce gorgeous alpaca wool which is supersoft, dense and warm. High end fashion designers, crotchetier and knitters seek this prime wool.