Your open door to the colorful world of alpacas
What about color?
Why is color important?
We feel one of the wonderful advantages of alpaca fiber is the multitude of colors is comes in naturally. Why is that an advantage? Many people are allergic to comercial dyes, so alpaca is ideal for them. Plus it saves a lot of work. Why add dyes when you can get so many beautiful colors naturally? And with more and more white alpacas having been imported over the last few years, we feel color has become a bit more rare and even more important. We'd hate to see this valuable asset become lost to the animals.
The ARI color chart
The Alpaca Registry Inc. currently recognizes 16 unique colors for registration on alpacas. They include: White, Beige, Light Fawn, Medium Fawn, Dark Fawn, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Bay Black, True Black, Light Silver Grey, Medium Silver Grey, Dark Silver Grey, Light Rose Grey, Medium Rose Grey, and Dark Rose Grey. However, they recognize that alpacas also include many other variations and shades of these basic colors amounting to more than 22 natural shades.
Colors available from the Coop Mill
The fiber mill in Peru that the Alpaca Fiber Coop of North America is currently using offers 24 natural colors. They also treat all colors of alpaca fiber equally, including pintos. They have a category for pinto fiber to be sent in as without seperation. So, why not encourage alpacas to produce every color and pattern that they are capable of?