Use of Suri Alpacas: Farmers normally raise Suri alpacas for their fiber, which is silky and resembles pencil-like locks. Like the Huacaya alpaca, the Suri alpaca is prized for its their 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 only 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.