The hair grown by alpacas is called fiber. One of the benefits of raising alpacas is the crop of fiber our alpacas produce each year, and all the many uses for what is considered one of the finest and most luxurious natural fibers in the world. Alpaca is warmer, stronger, lighter, hypoallergenic, and more resilient than wool. It is not scratchy and many people that cannot wear sheep’s wool can wear alpaca. Even a lacy shawl or sweater or pair of gloves made of very fine alpaca yarn will keep you warm, because of alpaca’s inherent insulating factor. Alpaca is durable and long-lasting, does not easily pill, tear, stain, or create static. It does not contain lanolin.