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It’s all about the Fiber

One of the best aspects of raising alpacas is their fleece or fiber. Alpacas yield an annual crop of fiber which is shorn every year right around the spring time. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors with more than 300 color shades from true black to true white. These color shades also include browns, fawns, silver grey and rose grey as well.

Alpaca fiber differs from sheep wool in that alpaca is lighter than wool, warmer, and is naturally water resistant. Alpaca fiber also differs from sheep wool in that alpaca does not have the “prickle” factor as does sheep wool and does not have lanolin which makes alpaca fiber hypoallergenic where most people can wear alpaca as opposed to sheep wool.

Alpaca fleece can be made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments to sophisticated and expensive products such as sweaters and suits. The fleece can also be made into roving and also spun into yarn as well as being sold as raw fleece (straight of the animal). This is especially preferable to individuals who enjoy spinning the fiber themselves.

Alpaca fiber can also be dyed to make a large array of various colors. Typically the white fiber is dyed. Alpaca is used for many purposes, including clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, and sweaters. Rugs and toys can also be made from alpaca fiber.

The value of alpacas is based on their ability to produce soft, warm, and luxurious fiber. Alpaca fiber is stronger than wool of the same thickness, making top and medium grades excellent for outwear such as socks and gloves long lasting and durable as well as beautiful. Coarser grades of fiber can be used in water and stain resistant upholstery, carpets and rugs, and quilts and for felting projects, such as felted toys and soaps. There have also been known uses for alpaca batting being used as insulation.