Llama fibre is a natural animal protein fibre, which is classified as a specialty fibre. Under a microscope it has the characteristics of hair rather than wool. Llama fibre contains microscopic air pockets which creates good thermal insulating values.
There are a wide variety of different types of fleeces. These vary in fineness, can be short, medium or long wooled, single or double coated (with or without guard hair), or suri fleece. It can also be wavy or straight.
There are about 22 shades of colour - white to black with varying shades of greys, fawns, beige, browns or reds. Llamas can be one solid colour or they can be two of more colours. They can be patterned - tuxedo, appaloosa, reverse appaloosa, painted,bay, calico or natural.
Llama fibre varies in degrees of fineness from about 18 microns up.
In South America Llama fibre that measures under 28 micron is classed as 'Alpaca' fibre.
Llama fibre contains no lanoline and being so soft and lustrous is a delight to spin, knit, felt and weave. Because of its structure garments created from llama fibre are soft, light and warm to wear.
People who can't wear wool can often wear llama fibre.