Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch Sign

ALPACAS ARE AN INCREASINGLY FAMILIAR sight in countries other than their native Andes Mountain homelands of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador. Related to their larger cousins, the llama and the camel, alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years, and images of them can be seen in ancient artwork from the Moche people of northern Peru. Unlike llamas, alpacas were not used as beasts of burden, but were bred for their meat and especially for their fiber, which is used for knitted and woven cloth used in blankets and clothing of all kinds, and highly prized both for its quality and beauty, coming in many different natural colors. In fact, the Incas called it ‘the fiber of the gods’ long before it was discovered by the rest of the world. The two alpaca breeds are the Suri and Huacaya, which can mainly be differentiated by their fleece type. The suri has long, silky ‘dreadlocks’ while the huacaya has shorter, dense wool-like fleece.

There are no known wild alpacas in the world, but a close relative is the South American vicuna, which is believed to be their ancestor. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in South America in the 17th century killing a large percentage of both Incan and alpaca populations, they were forced to live in the higher mountain altitudes, where only the hardiest survived.

Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch in Leicester, North Carolina, has the custom of naming each of their alpacas after a jazz musician, so for all we know, the llamas pictured on the sign could be called Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. Whatever their names, they stand out in this relief sculpted artwork, which was carved with hand gouges, as well as the hand carved text and accents. Best of all, the customer was able to design this sign by herself using Danthonia’s online sign designer tools.

Carved & Painted
Relief Sculpted
Sign Size
31 " x 18 "