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Design & Style

Fabric Guide: What Is Alpaca Fiber?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 28, 2021 • 5 min read

Alpaca fleece is one of the most prized natural fibers in the world, and a favorite material for luxury fashion designers and hand knitters alike. The extremely soft, lightweight, and durable material comes from the alpaca, which is native to Peru, and alpaca fleece and yarn is a staple of winter wardrobes, from socks to hats to sweaters to coats and more.