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TREASURE OF THE ANDES

THE ALPACA

THE ALPACA

 

TREASURE OF THE ANDES

 

Alpacas (lama pacos) are one of the most beautiful South American camelids. Related to the Llamas, Guanacos and Vicuñas, the Alpaca has been valued for its fibre since pre-Incan times due to the properties and quality of its hair. There are two main species of Alpaca: the Huacayo and Suri.

 

Today, Michell & Cia. Passionately processes this historic fibre using state of the art technology along with the conviction that this must be done respecting the environment.

ALPACA TYPES

ALPACA HUACAYO

 

The Huacayo is the predominant species of Alpaca and its fine and voluminous fibre offers the widest variety of natural shades. The Huacayo has a harmonious build which give the impression of strength and grace. This animal constitutes approximately 90% of the Peruvian Alpaca population.

ALPACA SURI

 

Suri is the less frequent of the Alpaca species. It has a beautiful, long, glossy and silky coat and its fibre in produced in fewer natural shades tan the Huacayo, mostly beige and light browns. The Suri has a distinctive appearance due to its long, curly hair and this animal represents approximately 10% of the Peruvian Alpaca population.

Scientific Name: Lama Pacos

Population: 4.0 millions

Habitat: Peru, Chile y Bolivia.

Scientific Name: Lama Pacos

Population: 400 000

Habitat: Peru, Chile y Bolivia.

ALPACA SHEARING

DISTRIBUTION OF ALPACAS

 

BY REGION IN PERU

TOTAL: 4,095,600

Source: Censo Agropecuario Nacional

HEAD OFFICE

 

MICHELL & CIA S.A.

Juan de la Torre 101, San Lazaro, Arequipa, Peru

Telephone +51 54 202525

Fax ++ 51 54 20 2626

 

Email: michell@michell.com.pe

TREASURE OF THE ANDES

THE ALPACA