The suri alpaca has a long lustrous fleece that hangs vertically down its body and is often referred to as dreadlocks. The locks that make up the fleece should be round, close to the skin and have a uniform twist from beginning to end. The locks in a suri fleece should be uniform in size and style throughout the fleece. This uniformity in a suri fleece is akin to the uniformity created by crimp in a Huacaya fleece.
Whether Suri or Huacaya, both types of alpaca fleece are considered luxury fibers because of their unique characteristics. In the United States 85% of alpacas are Huacaya while the remaining 15% are Suri. Both of these fibers can be as soft or softer than cashmere.