That part of an alpaca's coat that extends from the nape of the neck at the withers along the back to the tail and down the flanks to the belly and haunches.
prime quality fleece usually found from shoulder through midsection to base of tail, extending down past the halfway point on the sides of an animal. Edges of the blanket are characterized by a change in the grade of the fibre. This area of prime fleece may vary greatly in size, depending on the uniformity of the fleece on an animal.
The highest quality fleece which begins at the shoulder, runs the full length of the back and down each side until it meets the more medulated fiber on the belly. Excludes neck, leg, chest, belly, and britch. The term originated from the image of a horse's saddle blanket.