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Nova Scotia

Fibre to Fleece

Fibre of the Gods!
Fleece to Fashion

Alpacas produce fibre that is considered a luxurious fibre by the textile industry and has been valued since the time of the Incas for its softness, lustre, exceptional warmth, strength and range of natural colours. Alpaca is a specialty fibre that performs well on its own, but can also be blended with other fibres to achieve different looks, making it very versatile.

Alpaca fibre is a natural, environmentally friendly product and does not require chemical dyes.

Alpaca is fine, soft and warm. The fineness of the fibre is measured in microns (1 micron =1/1000 of a millimetre). The lower the micron, the finer the fleece; thus demanding a higher monetary value.

Alpaca fibre is very strong and resilient, making it ideal for industrial processing. It is naturally water repellent, does not easily tear or pill.

Alpaca has good thermal capabilities and is several times warmer than sheep's wool. It is an ideal natural fibre for the Canadian climate.

Alpaca fibre contains no lanolin and is a perfect option for anyone sensitive to wool.

Alpaca is used and sold in the same forms as wool. As rovings, a variety of yarns, felt, quilt batts and luxury yard goods.

Alpaca fibre is harvested once a year by shearing. Fleece growth on the alpaca varies in fineness, length, and colour.

This variation makes it necessary to separate the shorn sections
and based on the following micron classes:

And the following colour groups:

The Canadian Camelid Fibre Co-op developed the Fibre Harvest Code of Practice available on their website as an informational tool for breeders.

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