Use of Huacaya Alpacas: Farmers normally raise Huacaya (pronounced wah-KI-ya) alpacas for their fiber, which is short, dense, crimpy and gives a woolly appearance. Like the Suri alpaca, the Huacaya alpaca is prized for its thick, soft fleece--it's been known for centuries as "The Fiber of The Gods." Alpaca fiber offers quality, versatility and rarity; in the fashion world it's considered to be one of the most exclusive fibers, competing with wool, cashmere and mohair. Alpaca fiber can be used as sheer in the finest silks, to as thick and chunky as tweeds and wool. It dyes easily, makes the warmest batting, the softest felt, spins like a dream, and can be mixed with other fibers to combine textures and beauty. People also raise alpacas for companionship and to enjoy a rural lifestyle.