Alpaca wool is finer than cashmere, stronger than mohair, softer than cotton, and resistant to pilling, making it pretty much a dream fiber. This lush striped scarf, made of alpaca blended with silk for a subtle sheen, is pretty dreamy in and of itself. Although alpacas are native to South America, the founders of Simple Things first encountered them in western Ireland. Entranced by the softness of their wool, the founders jetted from their home in Ireland to Peru, where they learned about the traditional weaving techniques of Andean artisans. But although Simple Things' luxurious throws and scarves are influenced by Peruvian craftsmanship, they're designed to appeal to today's discriminating tastes.