The different types of wool
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Alpaca wool is obtained from the South American alpaca camel, which is native mainly to the Peruvian Andes. Depending on the animal's fleece, alpaca wool can have over 20 different shades, from white to black to many shades of brown..
Alpaca wool represents only a tiny part of the annual wool production. Alpaca farms are much less abundant than sheep farms and just 2.5 kg of wool can be obtained per animal per year. This makes alpaca wool a very high quality and extremely rare type of wool, one of the finest and most luxurious in the world.
Alpaca wool is very fine with an exceptionally durable yarn that is even lighter than merino wool.
Mohair wool comes from the Angora goat, which originated in Asia Minor, but is now mainly bred in South Africa. The long, curly fleece of these animals produces up to 8 kgs per year of a durable and resistant fibre.
With strong insulating properties yet very light, mohair wool is known for its lustre and shine, and holds dye exceptionally well, making it a luxury fibre, more expensive than conventional wool. It is often used in blends with other fibres, its unique properties adding quality to fabrics.