About Alpaca International
Ladies and Gentleman clothing made from the finest Alpaca wool in the world, featured in the flagship store located at 206 Main Street in the heart of Annapolis. Along with shops in Park City, Utah and Juneau, Alaska, as well as two in Cusco, Peru, Alpaca International brings the quality of the Andes to North America. Known as the “Fabric of the Gods” in the Inca Empire, alpaca fiber was considered a symbol of high social status and a greatly desired commodity. Peruvian alpaca wool is, still today, more rare than cashmere. Llamas and alpaca were domesticated thousands of years ago from two distinct Andean camels. The larger, more durable llama was used as a beast of burden while the smaller, fluffy alpaca was solely used for its prized wool. Alpaca hair is extremely fine and actually hollow, producing a soft, lightweight, and insulating fabric that is still an integral part of Andean life today. There are two types of alpaca: Huyacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, similar to dreadlocks but without matted fibers). “Baby Alpaca” refers to the softest first clippings of alpaca sheering, and holds colorful dyes more effectively than most other fibers, producing some of the softest and brightly decorated clothing in the world. Alpacas’ natural coats offer 40+ color shades—ranging from ivory to black, to gray and brown tones. Experience the wide variety of colors and patterns that are used to produce the warm and lightweight indigenous and western-styled garments available in Alpaca International. Aside from alpaca products, Alpaca International offers other accessories such as jewelry and handicrafts that display the culture and heritage of the Andean people. Stop in and experience the spirit of the Andes right here in the heart of Annapolis.