Alpacas are sheared once a year, in late spring. A female alpaca produces approximately 2.5 kg of fibre, while a male alpaca can produce up to 4 kg per year. Alpaca fiber is only apparently similar to sheep's wool. In fact, it is much lighter, softer, warmer and does not itch the skin. It is appreciated for its shine and lightness, it is free of lanolin, does not felt and does not cause allergies, but contains keratin which is also used to produce cosmetics.
The animal's fur can take on around 22 natural colours, from white to infinite shades ranging towards brown and black. The coat can also appear piebald, spotted, or shaded from the root of the hair to the tip.

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