Why the Llama is So Lovable
There is a lot to love about the llama! With a high tolerance for physical challenge and a profound sense of responsibility, the llama is symbol in many South American cultures of endurance and balanced action. Social in nature, intelligent and worldly, the llama travels in packs and can be taught simple tasks after a few repetitions. Although they originated in the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago, the llama migrated to South America to the bordering countries of Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Argentina over three million years ago, where they can be most commonly found today. The luxurious wool of the llama is lanolin free, soft, and provides warmth and comfort when woven into blankets, rugs, and more. Most commonly known as alpaca wool, World Market shares the wooly warmth with varied shawls, throws, and scarves that not only reflect their rich folk history, but also make for beautiful accents for practical use in the winter, or stylish use year round. Physically related to camels, but missing their characteristic bump, the Incas were the first civilization to domesticate the 250 lb. llama into beasts of burden. Used to wind the Andes Mountains for transporting food and goods, their wool was also easily fashioned into articles made for warmth, it�s no wonder that llamas are a deeply respected and treasured part of South American culture.