About the Suri Alpaca
The Suri is a member of the Camelid family which includes the Llama, the wild vicuna, Gaunaco and the Huacaya alpaca. Suri are an old species, from South America, maybe up to 20,000 years old and domesticated 6000 years ago. The alpaca fibre was so sought after by the people of the Andes and that it was used as currency.
The word Suri means ‘straight’ in the native Indian tongue. It was named Suri, as the locks hang straight down with a twist from the skin. World wide, the Suri represents only 10% of the alpacas with the remainder made up by the Huacaya alpaca. They may even be rarer than the wild Vicuna.
The Suri fibre is the softest natural fibre to wear close to the skin due to its large non protruding scales that covers the individual strands of fibre. Only silk is ‘slicker’ than Suri. It feels 5 micron finer than sheep wool because of its scales not sticking out that gives you the prickly feeling. Suri is softness. It is typically used for weaving and makes into beautiful soft luxurious fabric, giving it an elegant lustre and drape. The suri fibre is the ultimate for the best Italian suiting. It comes in a range of colours from white, light/dark fawns, light & dark browns, rose roans, silver greys, and bay blacks to blue blacks.