Alpaca fiber has been referred to as "fiber of the gods" because the Incas bestowed special religious significance to the luxurious fiber of Alpacas.
So revered were the Alpacas that only specially designated people were allowed to spin and weave alpaca fiber. Clothing made from Alpaca fiber was reserved exclusively for members of the royal family and the highest government officials.
In the mid 1800's luxurious Alpaca fabric was being worn by the British royal family and the aristocrats of continental Europe.
In 1984 the governments of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia eased their restricions against exporting Alpacas to provide a source of income for their rural farmers. Commercial importations into the U.S. began in 1984 and ended in 1998.
Now you too can experience wonderful Alpaca fiber.