A wool-gatherer's fantasy: Bolivian fair celebrates llamas, alpacas for food and fashion

It's a place where wool-gatherers come to dream.

Producers of some of the world's finest wools meet each year in the Bolivian city of El Alto to celebrate the vicuna, alpaca and llama.

It has the air of an Andean country fair, with visitors strolling past pens showing the finest animals.

Models parade down a catwalk in the latest local designs. Herders swap tips. Venders offer handicrafts. The hungry can munch on llama jerky.

Leucadio Velarde Tancara said the weekend's show helps inspire breeders such as himself to improve their stock.

Bolivia has about 3 million camelids, second only to Peru in the region.