The Alpaca: Alpaca
By Linda K. Davis, Owner, Alpaca.com L.L.C.
The Huacaya (wa-ki-á) is the
"teddy bear" alpaca, whose full coat presents a round and
wooly appearance. The huacaya fleece is crimped, very dense,
and covers all 22 colors recognized by AOBA. Huacayas account
for approximately 90 percent of the alpacas registered in
the United States.
The Suri (sir-ë) is the alpaca
with dreadlocks. In full coat, these long, non-crimped,
lustrous "pencils" hand downward, creating a layered and
majestic appearance. Suris are very rare in the world, with
only approximately 2000 registered in the United States.
These small numbers combined with the extraordinary luster
of suri fiber make this fleece more sought after and expensive.